Police investigating after video shows ANC councillor dragged from office

Video footage shows security guards dragging Councillor Nanziwe Rulashe through the Amathole District Municipality's head offices.

A screengrab from a video showing Amathole councillor Nanziwe Rulashe being dragged from her office.

CAPE TOWN - Police are investigating after an African National Congress (ANC) councillor was manhandled by security guards at municipal offices in East London.

The ANC has condemned Monday's incident which saw councillor Nanziwe Rulashe dragged on the floor.

Video footage shows security guards dragging Councillor Rulashe through the Amathole District Municipality's head offices.

The ANC's Loyiso Magqashela said that the party had been briefed on what happened.

"They were having strat planning, the department which she was assigned to meet. Unfortunately, the strat plan was not done through her, then when she queried that then there was a misunderstanding and security was instructed to come and get rid of her," Magqashela said.

The ANC is appalled, saying that what made the incident even worse was that the guards appeared to be taking their orders from a woman who'd claimed to be head of security.

"We call for decisive action against all those involved in this abhorrent display of gender-based violence and be brought to book. We further call on MEC of Cogta to urgently investigate this despicable and distasteful act," the ANC's provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi said.

The altercation apparently occurred after a heated meeting.

Rulashe has lodged an assault complaint with police.