Mazibuko: ANC undemocratic by nature

The DA Parliamentary leader was allegedly disrupted by ANC supporters in Bredasdorp.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC is an organisation that is undemocratic by nature, Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Wednesday.

Her comments come after ANC supporters in Bredasdorp allegedly disrupted her on Monday.

Mazibuko was in the area to commemorate Anene Booysen's death, and talk to the community about sexual violence as well as safety and security issues.

"When I arrived there, I saw that the ANC had infiltrated the event and they were heckling at our activists. They tried to disrupt the event to prevent us from being able to lay the wreath at the house, where her body was discovered, and from speaking at this event," she charges.

The DA parliamentary leader says they forged ahead despite the disruptions.

"We still continued. We were there for a good hour and a half."

She denied reports DA officials arrived and left immediately.

Mazibuko says she has become accustomed to hostile receptions.

"I am from KwaZulu-Natal and there I have had grass cutting knives waved at me by ANC members trying to intimidate me out of campaigning in certain areas. Political intolerance, unfortunately, is something we experience a lot of as the DA. It wasn't the first time and I'm disappointed to say, it probably won't be the last. It won't stop us."

She also took a swipe at the ANC.

"It's a sign of an ANC in retreat. It's an organisation that is undemocratic by nature and doesn't believe in the free right to participate in political activity outside of the ANC or to represent any party but the ANC. It's very disappointing. But it places a burden of responsibility on us as the official opposition to never back down."

Mazibuko confirmed she did not contact the ANC after the incident.

"I am considering my options in terms of talking to them about this. But increasingly, I get the sense that the ANC doesn't even have control or leadership over its own structures."

Meanwhile, the DA had to abandon its "real jobs" march in Johannesburg on Wednesday following clashes with ANC supporters.

The DA said it decided to call off the march as it feared for the safety of its members.