DURBAN - THE Democratic Alliance has opened assault and incitement of violence against eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and Thanduxolo Sabelo, the KwaZulu-Natal secretary of the ANC Youth League following the attack of a DA supporter during #AntiZumaMarches in Durban on Friday.
Sixty-year-old DA supporter Robert Lemon was manhandled by youth league protesters in North Beach, Durban. The youth league had marched to the beach in "defence of President Jacob Zuma", changing the route of their march.
The DA said Gumede and Sabelo uttered words that fueled the violence witnessed at the march.
The victim Lemon was accompanied by DA KZN leader Zwakele Mncwango and DA KZN chairperson Haniff Hoosen when they opened a case at Durban Central Police station on Saturday.
Lemon said he was peaceful when he was attacked by a mob in ANC t-shirts at KE Masinga (Old Trafford) Road. He sustained minor injuries.
Mncwango said they have footage as evidence showing the mob attacking the men.
"We believe that the mayor did incite this kind of violence. A day before our peaceful protest march, she indicated that whoever will be marching will be taking part in an act of treason and they will be consequences. So we believe those consequences are the one we have seen yesterday (Friday), the attack," he said.
"After the incident Sabelo also said they did what they did because they were protecting President Jacob Zuma, he did not deny the incident or condemn those who were part of the attack. Both of them must account for their actions," said Mncwango.
Mayoral spokesman Mthunzi Gumede noted the case opened against the mayor. He said It could have been worse if the youth league supporters did not manage the crowd.
"The DA is now using this minor issue as a publicity stunt, it comes after they have failed to mobilise for their march. They expected millions across the country to be part of the march, but now they they use the mayor as an excuse for their failure," said Gumede.
Thanduxolo Sabelo denied that he was inciting violence by his words.
"It is our duty to protect the leadership of the party, we will do anything possible in accordance with the law. We were not inciting violence," he said.