“A meeting organised by the Democratic Alliance Students’ Organisation (Daso) at the University of Limpopo was violently disrupted by ANC and Sasco members last night [Wednesday],” the party’s youth leader Mbali Ntuli said in a statement on Thursday.
“A number of our Daso members were assaulted and had to be taken to hospital,” she alleged.
Ntuli said she was among the injured.
Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said a case of common assault and malicious damage to property had been opened.
“We can confirm that two people were taken to hospital — one for minor injuries, I don’t know what injuries. Another woman was feeling pain on her arms and her back.
“Currently we are trying to get all the statements from the victims, and then take the docket to [the] director of public prosecutions for a decision.”
He said the complaint to the police was against Sasco only and not the African National Congress.
Sasco provincial chairman Mokotjo Legodi dismissed the claims.
“The allegations levelled against our members are not true. Sasco members were never involved in that incident. Sasco had its own meeting and members were at that meeting. They could not have been assaulted by our members.”
He said Sasco’s meeting was in a different venue and far from the university.
“There was no way. These allegations are far-fetched. We are very much surprised by this allegation.”
ANC Limpopo spokesman Sipho Dikgale said he could not comment on youth matters and referred Sapa to Sasco and the ANC Youth League.
ANCYL spokeswoman Onicca Moloi said she could not respond yet as she was not aware of the matter. Once she received feedback she would comment.
Ntuli said she would contact university management to ensure disciplinary action was instituted against Sasco members.
“This is a clear sign of an organisation which is panicking. They [Sasco] fear that the Daso is gaining dominance on campus and they are losing the confidence of the student body.”