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ANC truck attacked with porta-potty

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has condemned an attack on an ANC electioneering truck in Philippi.

An ANC electioneering vehicle. Picture: Tamsin Wort/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe claims an ANC-branded truck was attacked by a group of informal settlers in the Philippi area at the weekend.

The top brass of the party were in the Western Cape to take part in electioneering at the weekend.

Speaking at a South African Communist Party (SACP) event, Mantashe slammed the incident.

Mantashe says he personally visited the Thabo Mbeki informal settlement, where the incident took place, to find out the reason for the attack.

"Why would they throw a porta-potty on an ANC truck? It can't be right."

The Secretary General says he will meet with, among others, the ANC's Western Cape head Marius Fransman to discuss the issue.

Mantashe says he will return to the area with the truck and will be very disappointed if it's attacked again.

Meanwhile, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says South Africa is at a crossroads with the upcoming elections being the possible start of a political realignment.

The ISS will later today present its South African Future 2030 study, where it has scrutinised the nature of the country's leadership and the extent of corruption, among other things.

The institute's Jakkie Cilliers says there are three principal factors that may change the country's political landscape in the coming months.

"We don't know what's going to happen in the tripartite alliance, particularly with the future of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the National Metalworkers Union of South Africa. There's the issue of 'where are the young voters going to go?' Are they going to stay away? And what is the extent or possibility of the Democratic Alliance of getting young voters to vote for it?"