Political parties blame ANC for eThekwini council meeting disruption
The council was expected to nominate chief whips, a mayor and deputy mayor but the sitting was thrown into disorder, with councillors hurling insults at each other.
DURBAN - Political parties are blaming the African National Congress (ANC) for Monday’s chaotic disruption of the eThekwini council sitting.
The council was expected to nominate chief whips, a mayor and deputy mayor but the sitting was thrown into disorder, with councillors hurling insults at each other on Monday.
ANC supporters stormed into the venue during an adjournment that was called to attend to an electricity outage.
Councillors have been standing outside, some with their protectors and there is now police visibility, it seems the sitting might still go on for the Speaker to make a ruling on what just occurred. #eThekwiniMunicipality pic.twitter.com/sFrj006jZ2EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 22, 2021
Political parties claim that the ANC orchestrated Monday’s chaotic scenes that broke out during the council meeting.
However, they’ve not provided any proof to back up these allegations.
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)’s Thami Ntuli said the ANC could see that things might not go well for them in terms of electing a mayor.
"They bus in people to disrupt the very important work of the voters and it's unfortunate that the ANC wants to cling to power at the cost of the voters," Ntuli said.
The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Nicole Graham echoed Ntuli’s remarks, saying that the outcome would not change.
"The whole thing is a complete joke and the reality is that when this council sits, the outcome will be the outcome and the ANC must make peace with what it is," Graham said.
The meeting has been adjourned to Wednesday.