As preparations for the race in the August 3 local government elections continue, some angry ANC members and residents from different villages in Mahikeng North West‚ invaded the African National Congress (ANC) offices in the town on Thursday.
The dissatisfied party members attacked the staff members at the office and hurled stones and chairs at the windows.
Apparently, the outcome of a recent meeting did not go the way they had hoped as they wanted their preferred candidates who they selected to be nominated for the August 3 local government elections.
The ANC Regional Task Team held a meeting with all the candidates for the local government elections at the Mmabatho civic centre on Wednesday to complete acceptance forms.
However, there was commotion when it dawned on the members that some of the preferred candidates‚ who also scored a high number of votes‚ were not called during the signing of forms. This sparked off violence among disgruntled members of the party.
Residents from five wards in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District staged a protest outside the ANC provincial office on Thursday. This was their way of expressing their dissatisfaction to the provincial committee, unfortunately, all gates were locked and their entry into the premises was prevented.
Gerald Modise speaking for the ANC Provincial Executive Committee said those who were responsible for vandalizing the ANC office will not get away with it as necessary steps would be taken soon against them.
“We are investigating the incident and will soon open a criminal case and also have internal disciplinary processes after our investigations‚” he said.
It appears the ANC leaders need to get their house in order before the elections proper.