Gun-wielding ANC member faces charges

The DA says it is hoping serious action is taken against former councillor Nelson Mdayi.

Seven out of twelve registration stations were closed in Bekkersdal following clashes between community members and the police. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Gauteng West Concerned Residents Association on Tuesday laid criminal charges against former ANC councillor Nelson Mdayi.

Last week, Mdayi was photographed holding a firearm and wearing ANC regalia during a door-to-door campaign in Bekkersdal.

DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane says they went to the police station in the hope that serious action will be taken.

"No South African is allowed to wave their firearm in that way, it contravenes the Firearms Act. We wanted the police to investigate so that he can be charged and that a proper investigation will ensue."

Bekkersdal residents have accused the ANC of threatening the community with firearms and blackmail to get them to vote for the party in the upcoming general elections.

Locals say the crowd became angry when the police told them Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane would be visiting the area with hundreds of councillors.

Last year, she visited the area following weeks of service delivery protests.

Mokonyane reportedly told residents the ANC didn't need their 'dirty votes'.

The premier has since apologised to the residents, but community representative Thabang Wesi says they want a proper apology from the ANC.

The ANC on Monday said it had launched a disciplinary against Mdayi.