BREAKING: Charges Against ANC Member Has Been Formally Laid

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Thabang Setona was caught on camera kicking a woman during clashes between the Black First Land First (BLF) and so-called “defenders of Luthuli House.”

Olivia Makete wearing an orange dress arrived at Orange Farm police station to formally open a case against African National Congress (ANC) member Thabang Setona. Setona was caught on camera kicking Makete during the protest outside Luthuli House yesterday. Setona has since handed himself over to the police however, Makete has took it up on herself to open the case. 

The ANC Johannesburg branch says it will not accept such behaviour from any member of the party.

Spokesperson Jolidee Matongo says Setona has handed himself over to police.

“As the ANC in the Johannesburg region, we have already taken a decision to suspend him with immediate effect and instructed the disciplinary committee to institute the disciplinary processes. But I’m also pleased to announce to the public that he has already handed himself to the Johannesburg Central Police Station.”

Organiser of the “Defenders of Luthuli House” Mkhululi White says the attack takes away from their peaceful protest.

“What that comrade did was very wrong and must be condemned in the strongest term and also we hope that the law enforcement will deal with that comrade because he was not part of the organisers, he’s a person who joined the march.”

The ANC in Johannesburg has also condemned the assault describing it as utterly disgusting. Police say that Thabang Setona will face a charge of assault.

The assault took place as tensions rose between Black First Land First (BLF) members and supporters of the so-called “Defenders of Luthuli House” campaign during clashes over President Jacob Zuma’s fate.

The ANC in Johannesburg has also condemned the assault describing it as utterly disgusting.

The police’s Mavela Masondo says: “He [Setona] will appear at the Johannesburg magistrates court on a charge of assault.”

Rights group Not in My Name says the ANC member will face legal action.