Disciplinary for gun-wielding ANC member

The ANC’s Nelson Mdayi openly carried a firearm during a door-to-door campaign in Bekkersdal.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Action will be taken against a member who openly carried a firearm in Bekkersdal, the Gauteng ANC confirmed on Monday.

Last week, a picture emerged showing ANC member Nelson Mdayi dressed in party regalia while holding a gun behind his back during the ANC's door-to-door election campaign in the area.

The incident sparked outrage amongst community members.

Residents accused the ruling party of intimidating them into voting for the ANC.

The party says Mdayi now faces disciplinary action for bringing the party into disrepute.

Community members say locals became angry on Thursday when the police told residents Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane would be visiting the area with hundreds of councillors.

The area has been marred by months of violence, with residents demanding better service delivery.

The community has accused the ANC and Mokonyane of turning a blind eye to their concerns and only taking notice when they want their votes.

The Gauteng ANC says they want to work with the community to resolve election campaign issues.

Residents have also demanded Mokonyane personally apologise for saying the ANC doesn't need their 'dirty votes'.