ANC meeting sparks chaos in WC

Four people will appear in court on Thursday after causing chaos at an ANC meeting in Oudtshoorn.

Western Cape ANC chariman Marius Fransman. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Four people who were arrested following a chaotic ANC meeting in Oudtshoorn are due to appear in court on Thursday.

It's understood a journalist who was also arrested faces a charge of crimen injuria.

Crimen injuria is a crime under South African common law defined to be the act of unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another.

Western Cape ANC leaders met on Tuesday to discuss ongoing problems at the local municipality, but things got out of hand.

Some members allegedly started a fire, broke windows and doors.

ANC provincial chair Marius Fransman had to be spirited away by police officers and bodyguards who feared for his safety.

The police's Phuti Sepati said, "A police van was damaged during the disruption and protesters were also pelting police with stones."