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ANC LEADERS STONED in Bekkersdal

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ANC LEADERS STONED in Bekkersdal
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IT WAS stones and guns and lawlessness when ANC politicians arrived in Bekkersdal, west of Joburg yesterday.ANC LEADERS STONED in Bekkersdal

A day of campaigning turned into a day of chaos when the crowd started throwing stones and ANC politicians security guards pulled out guns.

Journalists ran for cover as warning shots were fired.

Residents had heard the ANC was going to go door-to-door to get votes and barricaded roads and set tyres alight in the main roads of Bekkersdal.

Gauteng Legislature Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa and Randfontein Mayor Mpho Nawa arrived under heavy police escort to protect them from hostile residents who made it clear the ANC was not welcome in the area.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was not part of the delegation.

Kgothalang High School pupils, prevented from going to school, joined the protesters shouting, “Away with Nomvula! Away with Nomvula!”

They threw stones and school books at the police who dispersed protesters with rubber bullets.

Bekkersdal residents said they didn’t want they ANC to come into the area.

“We have a broken sewerage system and potholes everywhere. Some people have been waiting for RDP houses for years. How many times are they going to come here?” asked a resident.

Thabang Wesi, of the Concerned Residents of the greater Westonaria Association, said they were still hurt by the words of the premier, who said earlier that the ANC didn’t need their dirty votes.

Wesi said: “She has apologised through the media but we want her to come to the residents to apologise formally.”

No one was hurt during the protests.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said six people were arrested for public
violence.

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