ANC campaign sparks protests in Bekkersdal

The party has condemned protests by Bekkersdal residents during its door-to-door campaign.

The party has condemned protests by Bekkersdal residents during its door-to-door election campaign. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the actions of residents in Bekkersdal on the West Rand, after the party's door-to-door election campaign was disrupted by a violent protest.

Angry residents took to the streets barricading roads with burning tyres, rocks and rubble on Thursday.

School pupils, who were still dressed in their uniforms, were apparently at the forefront of the protests, having been forced out of their classrooms to participate.

Six people were arrested for public violence.

Bekkersdal Mayor Nonkoliso Thunzi says any political party has the right to campaign in any area they choose and residents have to respect that.

"I think it's the right of any political party to campaign in an area. It's against the law for any political party to be prevented from entering any area and it's a serious concern now."

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says officers will be in the area today to monitor the situation.

"Late on Thursday the roads in Bekkersdal were cleared and all the traffic was moving freely. But police will remain in the area to make sure it has returned to order."