- A campaign that was meant to create a feeling of trust in the ANC turned violent in Mpumalanga
- ANC members allegedly attacked other party members and one person claims to have been stabbed
- The three people who were attacked opened cases with the police
Three people were stabbed as the ANC's #ThumaMina campaign turned violent on 18 November.
Party members turned on each other in Mpumalanga, and a violent clash ensued.
The three injured ANC members opened cases with Tonga police and claim they were attacked by a fellow ANC member.
News24 reports the incident happened because the alleged attacker did not want the victims to attend the ANC meeting.
One victim, Thembisle Mokamu, claims ANC Youth League regional Chair Bheki Lubisi and ANC regional chairperson Ngrayi Ngwenya were both part of the group that attacked her.
Mokamu says they told her, and a few others, that they had no right to be there. She claims that Ngwenya stabbed her.
There was a scuffle, I was pushed to the floor and that when Ngrayi stabbed me. I didn't even realise he had done so until comrades pointed out the blood on my hand.
Lubisi says he left when the members started arguing and admitted there were serious tensions between members.
I spoke to those people earlier but I did not witness an attack, let alone participate in one
Door-to-door campaigns and community meetings were launched across Mpumalanga on Sunday, 18 November.
The ANC's Deputy President David Mabuza, National Chair Gwede Mantashe, Treasurer General Paul Mashatile, Secretary-General Ace Magashule, and other ANC members were part of the campaigns.
Briefly.co.za gathered that it's rumoured that Pule Mabe, the ANC's spokesperson, was present during the 'brawl'.
However, Mabe denies this vehemently and says he left when the members started confronting each other.
We have since asked our fellow deployees to check and establish the facts. Some of us had left earlier due to many other tasks in the province associated with the roll-out of the programme.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!