The ANC describes the shooting at its BGM as an act of heinous thuggery and vagabondism
The ANC in the Waterberg region confirmed on Monday that two of the victims shot and injured during the Lephalale Ward 12 branch general meeting (BGM) scuffle in Ga-Seleka are members of the party, and that both are doing well.
The ANC refuted earlier reports that the two men had succumbed to gunshot wounds.
“One of the victims has been discharged from Witpoort hospital in Ga-Seleka, while the other is recovering at a health facility in Lephalale,” spokesperson Matome Taueatsoala said in a statement on Monday after visiting the families of the two victims injured in the brawl.
The ANC Regional Working Committee also paid a visit to the Royal House, unreservedly apologising to Kgosi David Phetogo Seleka and assuring him that what unfolded on Saturday was not symbolic of the ANC or any of its structures.
President Cyril Maphosa has expressed his displeasure with the occurrence, saying, “On Saturday afternoon, we learned that members of the ANC were shot during a meeting in Lephalale.”
“Our heads are hung in shame, and we must curb the negative tendencies that exist within our movement, such as the hiring of thugs to fulfil the wishes of those who have yet to see their goals realised.”
In a statement, Acha Matsoma of the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco) Youth League condemned the shooting, claiming that outsiders were brought into the meeting to sabotage the proceedings.
Tauatsoala said the party in Waterberg plans to draft a safety plan that will serve to guide future meetings.
“In light of this isolated incident, the sub-region will be held to a higher standard for future meetings. The ANC is currently suspending all activities while it prepares a safety plan,” said Taueatsoala.
He reaffirmed that the ANC strongly condemns these horrible acts of thuggery and vagabondism, and will not hesitate to bring the perpetrators to justice.