11 December 2018
The African National Congress (ANC) is deeply concerned about the alien tendencies of violence that continue to bedevil the organisation. The violent confrontations that broke out amongst ANC delegates during the list conference registration and verification process at Potchefstroom, in the North West Province, on Monday afternoon points to a great lack of discipline.
We are quite incensed that some members were injured and another was hospitalised with stab wounds due to this lack of discipline and intolerance. The forceful entry to the conference venue signals ill-discipline and those involved must face the full consequences of their action.
The ANC called upon all members to respect internal democratic processes and not resort into violence. The allegation that the Provincial Task Team (PTT) manipulated the list, including the rigging of branch representation should be subjected to the ANC internal processes.
The ANC is disappointed on how members in the province continue to dent the image of the organisation. We believe that all involved must be hauled before the disciplinary committee. Any act of violence including stabbing is a criminal offence and we call on the law enforcement agencies to act swiftly against those involved.
The ANC calls for calm amongst the members in the province. We wish all injured members a speedily recovery.
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