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ANC to root out anarchy behind Ditsobotla destruction

The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima will take disciplinary action against all its members, including a ward councillor, who took part in torching the Ditsobotla Local Municipality building in Lichtenburg and then holding the municipality’s mayor, Daniel Buthelezi and others hostage.

The hostage drama that took over eight hours, unfolded on Wednesday night (24 May 2017). At the end of it all, 32 hostage takers were arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning. They have been charged with kidnapping, attempted murder and arson.

ANC Bokone Bophirima Provincial Secretary, Dakota Legoete, said the party “condemns with the contempt that it deserves the use of violence by a group of residents in Ditsobotla Local Municipality that resulted in the unfortunate torching and damage of the municipal building in Lichtenburg. The ANC is also disturbed by a decision of this group – which includes a ward councillor – to hold the Mayor, Cllr Daniel Buthelezi, his protectors and other staff members hostage”.

Taking people hostage is a criminal act and no amount of unhappiness can justify that, the Provincial Secretary said.

“We consider these acts pure anarchy and we are as a party going to embark on disciplinary processes against the implicated councillor and all members of the ANC that were part of  this group.

“We applaud the South African Police Service for ensuring more

ANCWL wants tough action against women killers

The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) in Bokone Bophirima has called on the justice system to deal harshly with anyone found guilty of sexual abuse of any nature and murder of women and children.


The ANCWL was reacting to the murder of 15-year-old Nombuyiselo Nombewu from Jouberton Township in Matlosana Local Municipality, whose burnt body was found in the bushes in Extension 7 of the township. Nombewu went missing on Friday 12 May and her body was found on Sunday 14 May.


Though there had been other similar cases that shocked the nation in the days leading up to the discovery of Nombewu’s body, hers became the first sign that Bokone Bophirima is not immune to the growing murders. A 32-year-old suspect, a known friend of the family, has been arrested and will appear in court again on 29 May.


Provincial Secretary of the ANC Women’s League in Bokone Bophirima, Bridgette Mogakwe, said the league was “deeply concerned about the increasing killings of women and children. It cannot be normal for a society to lose its women and children at the hands of some men in such a violent manner”.


Mogakwe said the ANC Women’s League has sent a delegation to the Nombewu family to assist them with several issues.


“Our ANC Women’s League representatives, led by PEC deployees, have already visited the more