POLITICS AT A GUNPOINT

The EFF accuses the ruling party for being negligent and reckless, this came before the EFF Bojanala Chairperson, Thulane Makganya was escorted by heavily armed police after violent threats were made during the radio 702 debate on 29 June in the Brits Town Hall.

Thulane’s remark that service delivery will improve in Madibeng if the right people are hired for the right position and that in the ANC people are fighting and killing each other for political positions. “We have elected our own people and you never heard of any fighting, but in the ANC members of the same organisation are killing each other for positions,” he said.

Ever since the election date was announced there has been a lot of killings and assaults. At least four (4) people were reported murdered for political reasons and three (3) injured during the shootings in different locations.

The community alludes that the killings are because of political interest. May their souls rest in peace. Steyn Mphafudi allegedly murdered by his girlfriend for what we believe was for political gain and another crucial murder was that of Thabo Moroe.

Moroe was gunned down by hooligans at his homestead in Maboloka on Saturday evening. How many ANC member are still on the hit list before the elections? On every weekend someone has sustained injuries or gets killed for being part of the liberation movement.

What is the freedom charter saying, are those people not liberated from the struggle before 1994, what is the message the ANC is sending to the people when members are hurting and killing each other like animals, are we bound to see peaceful elections on the 3 August?

Those on the hit list are targeted by infested factionalism within the organisation. On 6 January, 2016, a war appeared to be the only way to describe factional battles tearing ripping apart the ANC in the North-West region of Bojanala. The situation exploded and became transparent at Bokfontein during the opening of the community hall when the ANC regional secretary Tokyo Mataboge was badly assaulted by a group of alleged ANC members.

During March, Steyn Mphafudi was killed in ward 30 for political gain. He was allegedly killed by his girlfriend who was later arrested and charged for that matter. A few members of the organisation were accused of being part or orchestrated his killing and used their money to release the suspect on bail.

Around May, during the ANC meeting, a fight broke out between members of the ANC who were standing outside the conference hall and guns were removed and members started shooting randomly, and one member was shot on the arm and later the suspect was arrested.

Within the same month, at the Civic Centre in Rustenburg, another infighting incident erupted when members or rather factional groups disagreed on something and started firing shots at each other. Luckily no one was injured and some hit men were identified to be ANC ward councillor candidates who are now being sought by the police.

It looks like when you are a member of the ANC its easy to own a firearm and when you own one you can even become the president or a ward councillor. Candidates are using firearms to retain their positions or be elected.

On 18 June, during the funeral of an ANC members’ parent, an argument came about between the factional groups and ended up with bullets flying all over the cemetery. The dead could be waken up by the sound of bullets and screaming (to refer to this on a lighter note) from the members of the ANC while shots were randomly shot at anyone at the funeral.

The incident took place at Mothutlung and the following wards were targeted by counterparts: Wards 5,6, 13, 22, 20 and 21 respectively. This clearly indicates that the ANC today is by far not the same as the previous ANC of the stuggle.

Today party members are against each other instead of teaming up and fighting the oppositional parties. They kill one another, sabotage projects and steal the money supposed to be used for service delivery.

These trigger-happy tantrums happen because of the political power hungry. The Executive Mayor Mothibe emphasised that not everybody can work at the municipality. “Those with means are eligible to work at the municipality and once you are given a chance it in your powers to make use of it and serve the community,” said the Mayor.