DA says ANC Councillors physically attacked other Councillors in a coordinated campaign to disrupt council meetings.
To the party, ANC members in the council meetings of Nelson Mandela Bay, Johannesburg and Tshwane undermined democracy with their disruptions and exposed ANC’s true colours as a lawless party.
DA added that ANC cannot accept its electoral defeat in the major Metros, and has nothing left to offer but chaos and disorder.
It narrated that “ANC Councillors used glass jugs to physically assault other Councillors, smashing them into Councillors’ faces and leaving two hospitalized” in Nelson Mandela Bay’s council meeting.
DA said the ANC Councilors “threw glasses and missiles across the council chamber, and threatened violence against the Speaker of Council while approaching the Speaker’s bench violently.”
Similarly, the ANC caucus in Johannesburg reportedly disrupted council for long periods, staged walkouts, returned and continued to disrupt the business of council.
“It is clear that the caucus of Cllr Parks Tau is nothing more than a band of thugs and hooligans, who have no concern for the people of Johannesburg whom council must serve,” DA stated
Again, DA alleged that in Tshwane, the ANC tripartite-alliance disrupted the agenda of council through SAMWU members breaching the Sammy Marks chamber building violently.
They hurled stones and missiles at law enforcement outside the Tshwane council meeting leaving them with no option other than using stun grenades to disperse them.
Maimane’s party charged that the ANC must accept that it has been democratically voted out in Nelson Mandela Bay, Johannesburg and Tshwane. And, that no amount of violence will change that fact.
“If anything, through its undemocratic conduct, the ANC is reinforcing just why South Africa spoke up so loudly and clearly against it on 3 August 2016,” DA asserted.