ANC smothers Cachalia ‘listening tour’

Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate for Ekurhuleni, Ghaleb Cachalia briefs media about his plan to engage with communities in Ekurhuleni to ensure service delivery is a top priority. Picture: Neil McCartney

Ekurhuleni DA mayoral candidate says ruling party members pushed his followers around and barred them from entering ‘ANC territory’.

DA mayoral candidate for Ekurhuleni Ghaleb Cachalia said yesterday a group of ANC members physically disrupted him in two different areas while he was campaigning recently.

Cachalia started his 30-day “listening tour” on May 3, which entails going to various areas to listen to the problems experienced by residents.

He said a group of ANC members barred him and other DA officials from entering Tamaho Clinic in Katlehong on the East Rand on Monday.

He claimed another group of ruling party members prevented them from holding a meeting in Actonville, also on the East Rand, yesterday.

“When we arrived at the clinic, there was a crowd of ANC members outside and they pushed some of our members,” said Cachalia.

“We decided to have a public meeting outside, but they refused, saying we would not hold it in their ward. We then left and the ANC people held their meeting outside the clinic.”

Cachalia said he had also gone to Actonville to offer his condolences to the community after a resident died there on Sunday evening.

“A resident of the council-owned Karachi Court Flats lost his life after the wall he was leaning on collapsed and he fell off the balcony of the fifth floor,” said Cachalia.

“I was sharing my condolences with the community and discussing the action the DA is taking in this regard.

“ANC members started shouting that we were in ANC territory and we were not allowed to have our meeting there. Some of our members were also physically pushed around.”

Cachalia added that the conduct of ANC members made a mockery of the Independent Electoral Commission’s electoral code of conduct, signed on Monday by all political parties contestings the elections.

He vowed to continue with his listening tour and election campaign.

Ekurhuleni ANC regional chairperson Mzwandile Masina said: “I’m in parliament and don’t know anything about that.”

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