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By unknown | Nov 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Michael Sakuneka

Michael Sakuneka

A "nasty situation" nearly developed between members of the ANC and a local group over the use of the Lenyenye community hall at the weekend.

Tensions between the two groups rose after members of the unaffiliated structure booked the hall, where they wanted to "discuss developmental issues in the township".

A group of slogan-chanting ANC members allegedly arrived at the hall and claimed that they too had booked the venue to hold their annual general meeting.

Singing, they allegedly intimidated the other group, many of whom are alleged to be aligned to the new political formation, the Congress of the People.

According to the chairman of this group, Staros Rakoma, they had a letter confirming that they were allowed to hold their meeting at the venue.

Rakoma says they were surprised when the ANC group interrupted their meeting.

But Rakoma denied that his group had any connection with any political party. He said his group wanted to discuss issues of development in the township.

"It's a pity because our organisation has no link to any political party in the area," he said.

"Our main focus is development in our community."

Rakoma told Sowetan that the ANC group told him they owned the community hall since they were the ruling party.

The chairman of the Bonfire Maponya branch of the ANC at Lenyenye, Sammy Makgoba, claimed that it was just a coincidence that they had also booked the hall for their meeting at the same time.

He also confirmed that they could not produce proof of their booking as the other group has done.

This ugly exchange of words between the two groups allegedly resulted in the postponement of both meetings until early this week.


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