Fransman: The DA provoked us

The Western Cape ANC leader laid the blame of a stoning incident squarely on the DA.

ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman on Monday said its members were provoked at a rally which resulted in a Democratic Alliance (DA) motorcade being stoned.

The incident occurred while both parties were campaigning in Crossroads and Philippi on Sunday.

Community members described the situation in the area as "tense" ahead of Wednesday's polls.

But Fransman has laid the blame squarely on the DA.

"The ANC in peace had a rally and the DA literally came into that rally with two vehicles, in blue, literally next to the stadium. What is that? That's provocation. We're saying no political party should provoke anyone."

A day after the motorcade stoning, the body of a man wearing a DA T-shirt was found opposite a supermarket in Browns Farm.

The man was apparently stoned to death this weekend.

Police are investigating whether the incident is politically motivated.

Meanwhile, a Philippi councillor is concerned about rapidly rising tensions between supporters of rival parties.

DA Ward Councillor Nceba Hinana has described the atmosphere as "extremely tense".

Hinana claims DA supporters have been threatened and intimidated by ANC supporters on several occasions.