Other parties may accept lawlessness, ActionSA will not. Buya Mthetho will be intensified
3 August 2022
Over the last few days, several organisations have banded together in a supposed show of solidarity with the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), its leaders and certain informal traders in the Inner City.
This follows claims of incitement to violence against a certain SERI leader, and informal traders doing business along De Villiers Street, alleged against ActionSA MMC for Economic Development, Cllr Nkuli Mbundu.
It is imperative to note that the facts of these events do not support the claims made by SERI. On 27 July Nkuli Mbundu shared a SERI press statement on twitter in order to communicate the City of Johannesburg’s position on the matter. He was in fact doing so to challenge falsehoods communicated by SERI relating to a legal case against the City of Johannesburg. The press statement, produced and placed onto social media by SERI, included the names and contact numbers of their personnel on the press statement.
It was therefore SERI that put the names and contact numbers of their personnel out on twitter and not Nkuli Mbundu. Representatives of SERI made various media appearances and made remarks that many people did not like and, consequently, the contact details on twitter made it possible for people to send messages and threats which are deeply regrettable.