Mantashe warns of anarchy

2012-09-15 10:11
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe warned of anarchy if incitement to violence was tolerated.

“We cannot allow lawlessness to roll over the country and think it should be rewarded and therefore begin a norm in society,” he told reporters in Pretoria yesterday.

“Our appeal we are making to the state – people must exercise their rights but violence should not be an option when exercising those rights.”

Mantashe was briefing reporters at the St George’s hotel, in Pretoria, before the start of the African National Congress’ national executive committee meeting.

Mantashe said the NEC would focus on a number of issues including the situation at platinum mines.

“We are paying attention to the Marikana situation and its ramifications,” he said.

“We are not trying to cover what would be covered by the Commission of Inquiry. We are looking into the political economy of the development and the long-term impacts on society in general.”

Mantashe added that it was not the business of the NEC to deal with incitement but that of the state.

Incitement is a criminal offence and it is written as such in the Constitution, he added.

“Tolerance to incitement and agitation is something that can lead to anarchy,” he said.

“Once anarchy rules society, that society degenerates, and that society collapses in the long run.”

Mantashe said the NEC would also discuss issues around the centenary celebrations of the ANC.

He said the meeting would discuss whether the celebrations helped society understand the history of the ANC, and the party itself.

“We are looking into the preparations for the national conference in December,” he added.

The NEC meeting is expected to run until September 16.