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ANC CT: We won't be bullied by DA

The ANC says it was forced to take steps to show the DA-led CT city council it will not be bullied.

Drama at Cape Town City Council meeting on 27 February 2014 where ANC councillors threw copies of a draft budget onto the floor. Picture: Via Twitter ‏@JanTamb.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) says it was forced to take necessary steps to show the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led Cape Town City Council it will not be bullied.

A council meeting yesterday was disrupted several times and drama ensued when ANC councillors allegedly threw copies of the city's draft budget on the floor.

ANC members claimed they had not been given a copy of the draft before the meeting.

The ANC's Charlotte Heyns says, "All items that council discuss, we must have all relevant documentation in front of us in order for us to make an informed decision whether we agree on the item for council to decide or whether we just simply send it out for public participation."

The budget was delivered by Mayor Patricia de Lille.

The mayor has been lambasted this week following news of a proposed new city logo and pay-off line.

In a statement, the city says the ANC's actions show total disregard for democracy.

Meanwhile, the DA's Grant Twigg has described the conduct of some ANC councillors as 'childish'.

"If you look at the draft budget, it's a huge document. The Mayor gives her view and puts forward the budget. And even if it was on the desk of councilor Heyns, she could have never gone through the entire document in that little time."

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