Last night I met with the real leaders of Dunoon, including the elected ANC ward councillor, Councillor Lubabalo Makeleni.
This meeting follows the high level of violence which has occurred in the area since Sunday evening. Major roads have been blocked with burning tyres, public infrastructure has been vandalised, shops belonging to foreigners have been looted, and people’s lives are being threatened.
Collectively, we condemn what these EFF thugs and gangsters are doing. It is increasing the suffering of all the people of Dunoon. Children are being prevented from going to school, and parents are being prevented from going to work to provide for their families.
We call on the Economic Freedom Fighters not to start their campaign with violence and destruction. They cannot try to gain votes at the expense of the poor through the destruction of public and private property.We cannot allow politically driven anarchy and destruction to hold this community hostage.
We condemn this violence with the full contempt it deserves. I will be meeting with the real leaders of Dunoon again next week to follow up on the discussions which took place last night.