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'Not enough done to support black industrialists'

The ruling party is holding a lekgotla in Cape Town this weekend.

FILE: The ANC in the Western Cape holds its post Lekgotla media briefing on 25 February 2013. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says the province has not done enough to support black owned businesses.

The party is holding its lekgotla in Cape Town this weekend.

The ANC says issues including youth unemployment, housing and black economic empowerment are on the agenda.

Provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile, "Our province has not done much in building black industrialists. We think it's one of the legacy issues that apartheid has left us with. We think it's one of the issues this government has failed to prioritise."

The ANC is on a mission to reclaim the province from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

ANC WANTS DA PROBE AFTER COUNCIL DISRUPTIONS

ANC councillors in Cape Town say they have filed written complaints with the co-operative governance ministry to probe whether the DA violated the Municipal Systems Act, following disruptions during the sitting of council.

Both parties are blaming each other for the chaos that saw scuffles break out between security personnel, law enforcement officials and councillors at the City of Cape Town's first full council meeting of the year.

ANC and other opposition councillors were locked out of the council meeting after refusing to adhere to an order to refrain from disruptive behaviour.

ANC councillor Tony Ehrenreich says their plan to ask the Western Cape High Court to interdict decisions taken at the council meeting is in full swing.

"We have briefed lawyers and we assure that by Wednesday we would have filed our application at the High Court to make sure this application is considered and that we are able to stop the decision from the DA that takes us back to the days of apartheid where we see forced removals of the people in Plumstead and honouring of apartheid heroes like FW de Klerk."

DA CALLS ANC MEMBERS THUGS

The DA accused ANC members of behaving like thugs and disobeying the Council Speaker.

The trouble started when parties clashed over whether to rubber-stamp the demolition of several vacant homes in Plumstead to make way for the MyCiti bus project.

A decision was taken to move the meeting to a second venue after ANC councillors started banging their hands on the desks.

Ehrenreich says the DA flouted procedures.

"We believe the DA violated the procedures of council and we are appealing to the Minister of Cooperative Governance to intervene in this matter to ensure that the Constitutional obligations of local government are complied with."

The meeting was adjourned after all items were approved.