- The SA Police Service is investigating allegations of ANC members flouting lockdown laws during Andrew Mlangeni's funeral
- This comes after the party faced immense criticism over large crowds that gathered to bid the late veteran farewell in Soweto
- A case of contravention of the Disaster Management Act has been opened against the ruling party
African National Congress National Executive Committee members may soon be facing serious charges after an investigation was launched.
The South African Police Service has confirmed that it is looking into whether or not the lockdown laws had been broken during the funeral service for struggle veteran Andrew Mlangeni.
SAPS spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo has confirmed that a case of contravening the Disaster Management Act has been opened, commenting that:
“The regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002, makes provision for the dispersing of crowds who gather illegally and it also makes provision to hold accountable a person or persons who convenes or organises illegal gatherings."
With regulations only allowing for 50 people to attend funerals, the ANC has come under fire after large crowds gathered at the event.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula had attended the funeral and defended the ANC against the allegations.
The minister had insisted the crowd that formed was 'spontaneous' and quickly dispersed, commenting:
“The people of Soweto came out spontaneously. The nation is depressed and everything is toxic around us, we get criticised without facts. The reality is that there were less than 10 of us at first. When the coffin arrived, the family came forward, then the public came forward and the marshals tried to push them back.”
The minister denies that the situation was ever out of control despite the criticism that followed:
“There was no commotion, there was order. People had their masks on, there was sanitiser. I’ve seen the criticism and it happens all the time. It was not a planned act at all, people are acting on assumptions.”
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