VIDEO footage showing ANC members involved in violent protests will be released tomorrow, mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said.
The ANC contested the city’s claim of having the evidence, but said it would discipline its members if their involvement was proven. Smith said the footage would have been released at a media briefing yesterday, but the briefing was postponed at the behest of Premier Helen Zille.
Smith also refused to divulge information on ANC members allegedly implicated in violent protests since May this year, but he insisted there was clear proof they were ANC activists. The footage would be released by Zille tomorrow, he said.
“Their own Facebook pages show it,” he said.
Pressed that Facebook was an unreliable source, he said: “We’ll show you their position in the ANC.”
ANC councillor and chairman of its Dullah Omar region Xolani Sotashe said: “We’ve been hearing this thing… since last year and we are still waiting. It’s an old song. It is a strategy to draw attention away from the real issues facing the poor of the city.”
He said while the ANC supported people who fought for proper services, it did not condone violence.
ANC spokesman Philip Dexter said: “Just because someone wears an ANC T-shirt does not mean that person is an ANC member. We’ll take disciplinary action if an ANC member is involved in illegal activities.”
Zille was not ready to release the footage and wanted to finalise some details, Zille’s spokesman Zak Mbhele said.