Details have emerged of the fight between the DA and ANC at Enkanini informal settlement in Khayelitsha during the voter registration weekend.
A Democratic Alliance Proportional councillor claims she narrowly escaped having a bucket full of human waste thrown at her at Enkanini informal settlement in Khayelitsha after an argument with ANC members during voter registration day on Saturday.
Vuyokazi Mathanzima said she was saved by her driver who helped stop the crowd of about 20 ANC members who allegedly wanted to attack her.
“This not new but on Saturday it was very bad. They were swearing at me about Helen Zille, beating me and threatening to burn my car,” said Mathanzima.
She said if it was not for her driver, she would have been doused in excrement.
The argument allegedly started when Mathanzima tried to assist a young woman in the queue waiting to register, by providing the necessary registration forms.
“One of the IEC members who’s also a City of Cape Town official, came to me and said I must wait for the girl outside. When I went out, one of the ANC members locked the gate, preventing me from going outside. I asked her what she was doing (and) she started swearing at me, saying I had no right to be there. I tried to grab the gate, she beat me then we started fighting. Their ANC members around they started chanting saying she must beat me, when they (ANC members) saw she was losing they all came and started beating me,” she.
Mathanzima opened a case of assault in Harare police station. She said a similar incident occurred last year in Enkanini after she complained about members of the ANC being part of the registration process.
Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters at same ward had lodged a complain against ward 95 councilor Mpucuko Nguzo, accusing him of not welcoming other party workers to his ward who wished to represent their party during registration day.
EFF said only ANC members were being allowed in the ward, other political parties were being blocked.
EFF leader in ward 95, Ayanda Gladile, said they want City speaker Dirk Smith to investigate these allegations against councilor Nguzo. He said as EFF members they feel like they do not belong in Enkanini.
Another EFF member, Monwabisi Mphuthulwa, who witnessed Mathanzima’s beating, said ANC members have issues with other political parties campaigning in the area. It is believed that ward is the ANC’s strongest area in the City.
Noluthando Hay-hay said she’s the one who attacked Mathanzima. Hay-hay said Mathanzima beat her first and she also opened her case of assault against Mathanzima.
Nguzo said his aware of the complain against him but said the EFF is accusing him of something he’s not aware of.
“I remember one of the residents being chased away from a meeting and residents’ swearing at him, but that was a public meeting, not (an) ANC (meeting). I thought the man was drunk, I didn’t know he was an EFF member,” said Nguzo. – Nombulelo Damba