It's our right to campaign anywhere, says Magashule after cold Hermanus welcome

Under the watchful eye of security, Ace Magashule and several hundred supporters went ahead with campaigning after they were denied entry into a campsite.

FILE: African National Congress secretary-general Ace Magashule campaigns in Hermanus on 24 April 2019. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule's convoy has been blocked from entering a campsite in Hermanus.

It's understood Magashule was invited by community leaders in Paradise Park. However, when he arrived on Wednesday, he and ANC supporters were told by security they couldn’t enter without an invitation.

After a brief scuffle with Paradise Park security, ANC supporters burst through the gates.

Some of the supporters shouted: “Open the gate… we’re going to wait here.”

Under the watchful eye of security, Magashule and several hundred supporters went ahead with campaigning.

The campsite comprises chalets, rondavels and caravans.

Prior to his visit, Magashule vowed they would not be stopped.

“[They said] only 12 people are allowed to go there, and we said there is no such, we have a right to campaign everywhere.”

Magashule has also been meeting supporters, some wearing ANC T-shirts.

WHITE VOTERS

Wednesday's incident comes just over a week after Magashule, who was courting white supporters in Hermanus, told Philippi residents not to vote for white people.

While in Philippi, he told residents that they must not waste their votes by voting for "umlungu" (a white person).

Magashule said he saw nothing wrong with his comments after chastisement even from his own party.

“There is nothing wrong [in saying] the DA does represent the white interest; the DA does represent the elite and the privileged. What is wrong [in saying] that?”

He also said while progressive white people had always voted for the ANC, the party’s main hope was the black vote.