DA: ANC supporters stoned our buses
The party says two stoning attacks occurred while supporters were en route to a DA concert.
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says hundreds of its supporters came under attack in what it described as "ANC ambushes" this morning.
The party is accusing ANC supporters of stoning buses travelling to a DA-organised event in Soweto.
The party's Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane described two "severe stoning attacks" in the Alexandra and FNB Stadium areas.
The DA says police are now interviewing its supporters after a bus driver and several others were hospitalised and three buses severely damaged in the alleged attacks.
"Now we are asking the police to assist," he says. "This is not the first time it's happened - it seems like a trend within the ANC and it's something we are concerned about."
Maimane says they believe the alleged attackers were ANC supporters as they were on their way to their own rally at the FNB Stadium, with some wearing ANC T-shirts.
The DA is today hosting its 'We Can Win' concert at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, with around 8,000 supporters expected to attend.
Maimane says he's tried to contact Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane - who heads up the ANC's elections strategy in the province - to discuss the incidents, but has received no response.
"It's consistent with their behaviour," he says. "It's political intolerance at its best."
In an earlier statement, Maimane accused the ruling party of conducting the attacks in response to the political threat posed by the DA.
"The ANC are clearly panicking at the prospect of losing Gauteng. But there is no excuse for endangering the lives of our supporters.
"The DA calls on the SAPS to arrest the thugs who attacked our supporters and damaged vehicles this morning."
The ANC says it's not aware of the incident and will investigate.