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Wed Jul 27 09:46:52 SAST 2016

EFF party agents attacked by mob

Eric Mashaba | 06 March, 2016 15:39
EFF supporters. File photo.
Image by: Gallo Images / The Times / Moeletsi Mabe

Two Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party agents were hospitalised following a mob attack during voter registration on Saturday.

EFF provincial command team member Tsepo Mnisi said the agents were travelling to a registration station in ward 23 in the Nkomazi region when they were attacked.

"One member is in a critical condition at Tonga Hospital after he was hit with a big stone on his chest and lost consciousness at the scene. The other was pushed against a car with his head and he sustained a bleeding nose," said Mnisi on Sunday.

Mnisi said the incident happened while he and another team member, Maniki Dibakwane, were travelling in a vehicle to check registrations in ward 23.

"We were on the route from Langeloop towards Aniva village near Boschfontein in two vehicles. A large mob of people dressed in ANC t-shirts stopped us and began confronting us. They began swearing at us for no reason," he said.

Mnisi said the mob blockaded the road and attacked EFF members who were in the other vehicle.

EFF provincial leader Collen Sedibe condemned the attacks.

"It is always ANC members who are attacking our party members and we do nothing to retaliate. I believe the ANC leadership is aware of the attacks but they do nothing to control their members. They continue to perpetuate black-on-black violence," said Sedibe.

He said the EFF would lay criminal charges against the attackers.

ANC provincial spokesperson Sibusiso Themba declined to comment on the matter.

"I will not comment on something I did not witness. Ask the leaders in those wards," he said.

Source: News24

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