‘ANC like apartheid government’

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Johannesburg - A Sebokeng resident likened the ANC to apartheid security forces as protests continued in the township south of Johannesburg on Thursday.

“Our own party is treating us like the apartheid government used to treat us,” said disgruntled community leader Daniel Mofokeng.

“There are 10 water taps in the community that are supposed to serve 15 000 residents. There is no electricity or decent toilets.”

Sebokeng residents vowed to intensify their protest. They were gathered under a railway bridge, burning tyres and blocking roads with trees and stones on Thursday afternoon.

A protester, 27-year-old Lerata Rabolila, was shot and killed while another was wounded during protests on Wednesday.

Rabolila's brother Paseka said the ANC was to blame.

“No ANC politicians are welcome here. They killed my brother like a dog,” he told Sapa earlier on Thursday.

“A group of people wearing ANC T-shirts came out of nowhere and started attacking us and one of them fired several shots at us.”

People wearing ANC T-shirts parked their minibuses at a nearby filling station and started moving towards the protesting residents of Boiketlong, he said.

“We put the ANC in power, and now it kills us like dogs... I will never vote for the ANC for as long as I live.”

Police were keeping a close watch on protesters on Thursday afternoon.


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