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Tshwane council meeting turns into war of words over Fidel Castro

ANC and EFF councillors traded angry words over whose politics was more closely aligned with late former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA – A special Tshwane council meeting, which was expected to discuss the appointment of a new city manager, has degenerated into a war of words between the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) about whose politics is more closely aligned to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Former city manager Jason Ngobeni resigned when the Democratic Alliance (DA) administration was elected to govern the municipality earlier this year.

Lindiwe Kwele has been acting in the position since then.

The argument started on Wednesday morning when the EFF paid tribute to Castro, who died last week, and used the opportunity to criticise the ruling party and President Jacob Zuma.

“The ANC of Mr Zuma does not qualify to claim Castro and celebrate his revolutionary works because Mr Zuma and his Guptas are a regime Castro fought against.”

The ANC benches weren't going to take the insult lying down.

“The statement made, does he think Castro would have accepted that? Let me make a statement. He understood socialism. He understood it better than you do.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)