In a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood blockbuster, gunmen opened fire on the African National Congress (ANC) branch general meeting on Saturday in Ga-Sebeka, wounding others and then followed them to the hospital as they attempted to complete their mission.
The ANC Waterberg Region has denounced the raid on Witpoort Hospital, by a ‘bunch of criminals’, which resulted in medical professionals running for cover.
It is alleged that a group of men ‘severely’ assaulted one of the victims outside Westport hospital.
“The men in two minibuses followed a man’s car rushing a victim to hospital with a gunshot wound. They then assaulted him when he walked out of the facility toward his car. He was also admitted for severe assault injuries,” said a source.
In a statement on Sunday, Waterberg Regional ANC Spokesperson, Matome Taueatsoala, said the ruling party has expressed its concerns over the lack of arrests in connection with the recent spate of violent crimes.
“The ANC is concerned that, despite the perpetrators being identified, few or no arrests have been made in most cases,” said Taueatsoala.
What’s more alarming, according to Tauatsoala, is that this form of violence also impacts on women, as several of them had to flee their cars after being stoned by this enraged mob.
He said confrontation erupted between members, resulting in two people being shot and wounded and 16 others injured during stampede.
“The ANC in Waterberg has suspended its activities in the Lephalale sub-region until the security situation has been restored. This indicates that the two-day branch general meeting, which was scheduled to start on June 20, 2021, has been cancelled,” said Taueatsoala.
Limpopo Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, confirmed that cases of attempted murder, assault, grievous bodily harm, damage to property and public violence were opened at Witpoort Police Station.
“The two victims were treated at a hospital after being shot and injured. A 41-year-old suspect has been arrested and a 9 mm pistol has been recovered,” said Brigadier Mojapelo.
The meeting was also marred by violence, which occurred outside the venue.
“I was walking home after getting out of a friend’s car in Kauletsi village when a group of men approached me. They forced me to go with them to the local stadium where the meeting was taking place. My body trembled in fear. I didn’t know what to do. I was fortunate that they noticed someone with a cellphone pointing at them, apparently taking pictures.
They abandoned me for a man taking snapshots of their unruly activities,” said a woman who preferred not to be identified for fear of victimization.