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A burnt-out bus bears the hallmark of protests that have got out of hand

Hermanus land grab: DA lay charges against ANC MP for “inciting violence”

Be careful who you stand next to at media events.

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A burnt-out bus bears the hallmark of protests that have got out of hand

As large-scale protests erupted following the Hermanus land grab attempts back in March, a rather interesting sub-plot developed in the usually serene coastal town.

The DA turned their hand to espionage when Constituency Head of Overstrand Masizole Mnqasela cast his beady eye over the phone messages of ANC Member of Provincial Parliament, Cameron Dugmore. Here’s what he was able to capture:

What did the message say?

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Cameron Dugmore appears to be exchanging messages with Faiez Jacobs. (Photo – Masizole Mnqasela)

The message Cameron Dugmore appears to be sending reads: “This is a campaign we must lead and drive in terms of our policies. We must also look at well located private land and consider”. 

It would seem that there was a little more needed to complete the message, but the DA politician was unable to take any more covert photos at the media gathering in the Western Cape tourist hot spot.

DA feel the ANC are “inciting violence” over the Hermanus land grab

Masizole Mnqasela has now taken the matter further. In a statement released on Friday, he believes that the WhatsApp messages were intended to incite further violence in the town and action must be taken against regional ANC members:

“The Overstrand DA Caucus will be laying charges against ANC MPP Cameron Dugmore for inciting violence and illegal occupation of private land, during the attempted Hermanus land grab.”

“The DA challenged Dugmore to publicly declare the content of the WhatsApp messages exchanged between himself and ANC Western Cape Secretary Faiez Jacobs by no later than Thursday the 12th of April after the ANC publicly rejected our claims.”

“This is a matter that the DA takes very seriously and has already referred Dugmore to the Western Cape Parliamentary Ethics Committee for investigation.”

Peace was eventually restored to Hermanus last month after a group of protesters, frustrated with a lack of movement over housing, staged an illegal land grab. Demonstrations turned ugly, but thankfully, no fatalities were reported.