ANC grateful for Bekkersdal success
14 March 2014
The African National Congress (ANC) in the Gauteng Legislature today expressed gratitude to the members of the Bekkersdal community and the South African police Services who accompanied members of the Join Caucuses during a work about in Bekkersdal yesterday.
Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa thanked members of the joint Caucuses and the police for the peaceful walk about in Bekkersdal.
"We commend the members of the community and members of Caucus for their restraint despite extreme provocation by a handful of innocent children who were clearly being instigated from some quarters to sow mayhem by pelting legitimate public representatives of the people of Gauteng with stones. They could not have known what they are doing; they are not even of the voting age.
"The lives of senior leaders of government included several MECs and Mayors were placed at risk but thankfully the residents of Bekkersdal were there to make sure that no one was hurt. Whilst we believe that shots were fired, presumably by law enforcement officers to ensure the safety of public representatives and the community, we are grateful that all went well.
"This conduct confirms that indeed the ANC remains the true custodian of democracy for our people. The presence and the interaction with members of the community in Bekkersdal brought hope to the residents of that community. We are satisfied that residents were able to express their concerns and many were positive about the visibility of public representatives in the community," said Hlongwa.
The ANC in Gauteng Legislature reiterated that there are no "no-go areas" in Gauteng and the country at large.
"We remain true to the principles of democracy which protect the right to campaign. We are an organisation which believes in tolerance and the right for everyone to engage freely without fear of intimidation," Hlongwa said.
The Caucus Outreach Programme will be continuing next Thursday when members of the Gauteng Legislature will be joined by members of the Sedibeng District Municipality do in oversight work in that area.
For more information contact Caucus Media Relations: Mbangwa Xaba 072 447 6582