Shootout as ANC rivals clash

INFIGHTING among ANC members in Ingquza Hill has reached boiling point.

INFIGHTING among ANC members in Ingquza Hill has reached boiling point.

The Eastern Cape sub-region has over the years been bedevilled by incidents of harassment and fights over positions.

In the latest incident, eight ANC members were injured when other members opened fire on them.

This happened a few minutes after a meeting started at the Lusikisiki College of Education.

The ANC top brass in the Eastern Cape have called for a high level meeting to take place today to discuss the matter.

In June this year an ANC member was stabbed in the buttocks following a squabble at a meeting in Lusikisiki.

At another meeting in Flagstaff, OR Tambo regional secretary Jackson Sabona was stabbed and admitted to Kokstad Hospital.

Sunday's squabble, according to witnesses, started when a group carrying weapons arrived and began singing struggle songs and hurling insults at some of their comrades.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom, who attended the meeting, escaped unharmed after his bodyguards escorted him out holding off the attackers at gun point.

The twist in the saga is that some in the party put the blame for the latest conflict on Ingquza municipal mayor William Ngozi.

He was suspended from the ANC after he allegedly defied an ANC mandate by employing managers without the knowledge of the organisation.

He also took a unilateral decision to reshuffle the municipality's executive committee, said OR Tambo regional chairperson Phumzile Matshoba.

Matshoba also criticised the ANC provincial structure as the masterminds behind this.

He claimed that they have turned a blind eye and are dragging their feet "in making a simple decision of firing" Ngozi.

Ngozi insists that he is still the mayor of the municipality.

"The reason why Matshoba is bad-mouthing me is because he wants to advance my municipality so that he can give tenders to his friends," said Ngozi.

Police spokesperson Captain Mduduzi Godlwana said Gugulethu Mbiko, who was allegedly found in possession of unlicensed R-5 rifle and 14 rounds of ammunition, was arrested.

He appeared in court on Monday.

Godlwana said police were still hunting for 52 suspects.