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UDM members attacked by alleged BLF group

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The UDM has issued a statement alleging that its members were attacked by a group claiming to be from the BLF, while campaigning in Orange Farm.

On Wednesday, 22 September 2021, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) released a statement claiming that its members had been attacked while campaigning. The attacks are said to have taken place at the Tjovitjo Informal Settlement in Orange Farm in Greater Johannesburg.

According to the UDM, its members were allegedly attacked by a group of people who claimed to be members of the Black First Land First Movement (BLF). The party further claimed that there had been two separate attacks on its members.

It also confirmed that currently, the UDM Provincial Chairperson is opening a case of assault at a local police station, and that the situation in the area is very tense. The UDM concluded by stating that it is extremely worried by this political intolerance as it signals that the elections will not be free and fair.

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When did the first attack on UDM members occur?

The first attack is said to have taken place on Sunday, 19 September 2021, when UDM members were loud-hailing and encouraging members of the community to go out and register during the registration weekend. One of the local leaders sustained injuries.

When did the second attack on UDM members occur?

The second incident is said to have taken place on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, immediately after the leader of the party addressed members of the community. Members were reportedly attacked by the same group of people.

What happened during these attacks on UDM members?

In the first incident, members were reportedly attacked and assaulted by the supposed BLF members. In the second incident, UDM members were going door-to-door, campaigning, and the UDM Provincial Chairperson was reportedly mishandled and assaulted, but was eventually rescued by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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