DA accuses ANC of instigating recent protests

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The Democratic Alliance says it will soon meet with the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) and the police to hand over evidence that the African National Congress orchestrated the recent violent protests across the country.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the ANC is targeting DA-run municipalities.

Over the last few weeks, several townships such as Alexandra and Hammanskraal in Gauteng and Lwandle and Khayelitsha in the Western Cape have experienced violent service delivery protests.

Maimane says the ANC is engaging in what he terms cheap and dangerous politicking ahead elections.

“Recordings of people, we have put them together, moving ahead to say, that they are mobilising this on behalf of the ANC but ultimately without even moving beyond the question of evidence, which we’ll present. I’ll present this before the IEC and the SAPS – that’s why I’m requesting that this meeting be urgent.”

Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi has accused the ANC in Gauteng of using state organs to destabilise DA-run municipalities.

Meanwhile, the ANC has refuted the allegations saying communities will protest when they are not provided with services, irrespective of who governs the areas concerned.