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Msimanga: ANC behaviour dishonoured fallen struggle heroes

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga was prevented from delivering his State of the City Address on Thursday after ANC councillors disrupted proceedings.

An ANC councillor in Tshwane holding a placard during a protest ahead of Mayor Solly Msimanga’s State of the City address. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says the African National Congress (ANC) has dishonoured the memory of fallen struggle heroes through horrible behaviour and corrupt governance.

Msimanga was prevented from delivering his State of the City Address on Thursday after ANC councillors disrupted proceedings with a mock hanging to commemorate the 38th anniversary since the execution of struggle hero Solomon Mahlangu.

The ANC insisted that the address should have been postponed because it wanted the day to be about Mahlangu.

Fists, scuffles, vulgar language and high tensions were the order of the day.

When ANC councillors refused to leave the sitting, Speaker Rachel Mathebe adjourned it and five hours behind schedule, Msimanga was able to address the guests from another room.

“They’ve now concentrated on these gimmicks of fighting for something that we’ve already said we honour. And you see there’s nothing better than honouring somebody by being respectful.

“There’s nothing more than honouring somebody by saying I’m going to do the right thing. Turning yourselves into hooligans, you’re actually spitting and peeing on somebody’s grave you’re busy saying you’re honouring.”

While there was a heavy police presence who were initially going to forcibly remove the ANC councillors, they were left to remain inside the intended venue.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)