The ACDP is NOT at all involved in and does not condone, in any way whatsoever, the aggression, attacks, violence, intimidation and damage to public and private property taking place in Swellendam – ALL of which is being perpetrated by the ANC. These actions are not linked in any way to the farm workers strikes that have flared up recently in De Doorns and now other towns around the Western Cape. The Swellendam violence is purely and only politically driven by the ANC, on its own.
The ACDP condemns the ANC’s actions in the strongest possible terms.
Over the last few days, several innocent bystanders including youth, senior citizens and business people have been subjected to violence and abuse by this out-of-control ANC mob. They have burned tyres and bins, thrown rocks at vehicles, people and businesses, shut down entry and exit into the town from the N2, several people have been taken to the local hospital to the extent that it has recently ordered in extra blood to cope with casualties from these ANC-driven attacks.
This is also not new. I personally have been threatened that if I return to Swellendam they will kill me, this after I was assaulted in front of the Mayor and several other witnesses, by the leader of a group of some 20 men, outside the municipal buildings in May this year. I was able to retreat to the SAPS office to lay a charge of assault. The ACDP’s Provincial Leader has subsequently also been physically attacked and threatened.
The ACDP has been part of a co-governing agreement with the DA since the May 2011 elections, and remains so. The ACDP’s former councillor was expelled from the party on 14 October 2012 because he personally wanted to co-govern with the ANC as the Mayor, a more senior position than he held in the ACDP-DA government. In fact, he was expelled from the ACDP precisely because he refused to accept the ACDP-DA co-governing agreement, because he frequently and wilfully undermined it in several very damaging ways, because he ignored verbal and written instructions from local (branch), provincial and national leadership within the ACDP regarding his actions, attendance at meetings, his statements, his work with the ANC in undermining and seeking to overthrow the ACDP-DA government at every turn, among other unacceptable, undemocratic and self-serving actions.
Since he was expelled, the IEC has filled the vacant ACDP seat and the new councillor was elected Deputy Mayor this past Tuesday by the ACDP-DA government. But he too has now had to flee this violent ANC mob in Swellendam, running through bush out of town with his wife and kids, because the ANC mob also threatened them. The ANC’s actions are utterly unacceptable.
The ACDP has actively supported and worked with the DA and the municipality in its various court actions against the ANC and this rogue councillor, to restore the ACDP-DA government, meaning that Tuesdays High Court decision mentioned in various newspaper articles in the last few days, and on KFM and Cape Talk Eye Witness News, was won by the DA WITH the ACDP’s full and unwavering support. It was NOT a DA victory against the ANC and ACDP, as some reports wrongly have put it. The hostile take-over of the Municipality on 15 October was done by the ANC and Julian Matthysen in his personal capacity because he had already been expelled from the ACDP. Thus, all decisions taken by Mr. Matthysen in subsequent meetings were made in his personal capacity and are thus invalid. Before his expulsion, Mr. Matthysen was facing strong ACDP disciplinary action because of his actions listed above. The ACDP distances itself entirely from the ANC’s and Mr. Matthysen’s actions and statements.
I thank Malungelo Booi of EWN for committing to correcting the inaccuracies I have found in EWN online articles, by airing my recorded statements in EWN media bulletins over this weekend and next week, that I made to him just after 7pm on Friday 16 November. The Press Ombudsman will receive my complaint later tonight regarding other news print articles that appeared today.
So far, our calls to senior ANC leaders including the Marius Fransman and President Zuma to end this violence, have been ignored. The ANC remains bent on destabalising the Western Cape through violent means, at costs.
More will be posted…