Peter Matlou, ANC regional leader for Mopani, has confirmed that investigations are underway to establish which politicians have been escalating community protests against municipalities.
Allegations have surfaced that officials bribed underage children with alcohol to escalate unruliness during the strikes.
ANC regional leader for the Mopani area, Peter Matlou, has confirmed that investigations are currently underway to determine which politicians were involved in ongoing community strikes.
Briefly.co.za gathered that minors were used by officials to escalate the protests. The youths were reportedly rewarded for their efforts with liquor, according to Matlou.
Matlou said during a conference in Tzaneen on Tuesday that the trend has damaged the image of the ANC, especially with the elections coming up in May:
“Politicians are supposed to be the mirror of the nation. People must see themselves through you. Your conduct in the community is a ticket for the ANC to amass votes at the polls on May 8,”
The regional leader had been appalled to discover those in the forefront of the protests had been youths who should have been in school:
“They sing and dance as if their lives depended on the strike. They don’t listen. A few minutes after handing over the memorandum of grievances, you will find them on street corners and in popular bar lounges sipping expensive whiskies."
Matlou says that this is the clearest indication that someone with 'deep pockets' had bankrolled their drinking habits:
“On investigation, more often than not, you will find that those in your chamber who speak a different political language to you have sponsored the booze."
According to The Citizen, Matlou had reminded those in attendance that it was a criminal offence to give children alcohol.
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