ANC and EFF clash in Mothutlung

Members of both parties clashed on Saturday at the funeral service of protester Mike Tshele.

FILE: ANC members in Mothutlung have criticized the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for politicising the water shortage issue in the area. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

MOTHUTLUNG - ANC members in Mothutlung have criticized the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for politicising the water shortage issue in the area.

But the EFF says it has every right to get involved because the ANC government has failed the community.

Members of both parties clashed on Saturday at the funeral service of a protester who died during service delivery protests earlier this week.

Mike Tshele, a popular local photographer in the North West township, was shot dead allegedly by police on Monday when scores of residents took to the streets to demonstrate and vent out their anger against the local Madibeng municipality.

Members of the ANC and EFF clashed over which party had the right to represent the community in its struggle to get access to water and sanitation.

A scuffle broke out between the two parties at the funeral service of Mike Tshele, whose burial ceremony was overtaken by the EFF at the Mothutlung cemetery earlier in the day.

ANC member Karabo Letseka says the issue of water shortages in the Madibeng municipality should not be used to canvas for votes.

"We're not going to campaign. We just want the right thing to happen."

But the EFF's Johnny Mulaudzi says the ANC has failed the residents.

"The speaker of the municipality, the mayor and the MMC, we want them to step down because they have failed us."

Tshele, the first protester to be shot dead allegedly by police was buried at the local cemetery on Saturday morning.

Earlier residents of Mothutlung criticised members of the EFF for politicising Tshele's funeral.

One man said the EFF chose the wrong platform to raise their issues against Zuma.

"We're fighting for water, not campaigning for politics. They can't sing about the president and they can't say Zuma or Malema. They can just say let us pick up Mothutlung so that we can get water."