JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) says it is "saddened by video images of a group of men wearing #Siyavuma t-shirts brutally assaulting a woman" outside the party's headquarters, Luthuli House, on Monday.
The woman was part of Black First Land First (BLF) protesters hauled out of a bakkie and attacked by ANC members claiming they were acting in defence of their "revolutionary house".
A video of the vicious attack in which a man is seen kicking a woman twice in the stomach as she lay on the ground, has gone viral.
BLF members had intended to protest outside the ANC headquarters and hand over a memorandum demanding that beleaguered President Jacob Zuma serve out his term, which ends next year. They did eventually hand over their memorandum after a few skirmishes.
The group "defending" the ANC wants Zuma recalled and party president Cyril Ramaphosa to take over and restore economic stability in South Africa. The ANC will again meet over the matter of Zuma's exit on Wednesday.
"There is no justification to subject any person to physical violence and dehumanising acts in the name of politics. It is a barbaric act and those who participated in that stupid primitive act must face the law," said the ANCWL in their statement issued by Secretary-General Meokgo Matuba.
The ANCWL also request legal institutions to assist the women, "who were assaulted" to lay civil claims against people who organised the event.
The suspect has since handed himself to the police.
African News Agency