DA spokesman arrested ahead of SONA 2015

DA spokesman Marius Redelinghuys and Cape metro chairman Shaun August were arrested by riot police on Thursday (12/02/15) ahead of the eighth state-of-the-nation address, the party said.


“The DA condemns the use of water-cannons, batons and trained riot police to forcefully remove and arrest our supporters outside Parliament tonight,” spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme said in a statement.

“We want to make it clear that those arrested and attacked were peaceful spectators to a state event. These are people who wanted make their voices heard about the electricity crisis facing our nation.”

She said the Democratic Alliance was calling for their immediate release and that of the other supporters also arrested. Van Damme said riot police rushed at DA supporters with shields and batons, citing “instructions from above” to remove them from Adderley Street “before the president comes”.

“Water cannons were fired into the backs of supporters who posed no threat to the police and were trying to escape harm,” she said. “The violence, manhandling and politicised policing we have seen outside Parliament tonight is an alarming sign that we are headed toward a police state.”

Western Cape police said they were not in a position to comment on what happened in the Cape Town CBD, and on whether Redelinghuys was arrested or if police used a water cannon.

“At this stage we are not in a position to give a blow-by-blow account of what is happening in town,” Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said.

“When we are in a position to give a statement and confirm all the details of what happened we will issue a statement, but at this stage we are not in a position to comment.”

Kinana said that, as was usually the case during the state-of-the-nation address, the number of police deployed was increased.


2 thoughts on “DA spokesman arrested ahead of SONA 2015

  • February 13, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    *malema? seriously? hes a fat, uneducated pig. hes antics and behaviour have caused death to fellow south africans…go climb back in bed judith, your dreaming.

  • February 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Tonight I believe Madiba stood with head bent and wept for what he must have witnessed from beyond the grave.

    May I comment that although I do not agree with the political thinking of Mr Malema, I salute him and believe all true South Africans should salute him for pure unadulterated courage…………Madiba would have of this I am very sure.

    My advice for what it is worth, Mr Malema courage is important but so is humbleness, it gives you stature and earns you respect. God Bless you and help you to move forward for the sake of the people and with their backing from here on.

    DA what a splendid performance, I truly salute you and I think the Old Man would have smiled upon you one and all tonight.

    Nkosi sekelele i Africa


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