The Tshwane Council Sitting was thrown into disarray on Tuesday after councillors of the city’s opposition party – the ANC staged an EFF-like disruption.
Prior to the chaos, the ANC had demanded during the sitting at the council chambers in the Sammy Marks centre in Pretoria CBD; that the council’s “chair of chairs” be dismissed.
The ANC argued that the “chair of chairs” – councillor Gert Pretorius wasn’t qualified to occupy the position because he was unduly appointed.
Asked why Pretorius should step down; ANC councillor and deputy chair in the region Mapiti Matsena disclosed that Pretorius is not a chairperson of any committee – and this makes him unfit to be the “chair of all chairs”.
“You cannot continue recognising this person. Regulations dictate that the chair of chairs should be a chairperson of one of the committees. This man is not a chair of any committee, therefore we cannot proceed. You keep saying that the ANC is corrupt and you are doing this‚” he lambasted Solly.
ANC Disrupts Tshwane Council Sitting
Furthermore, the ANC slammed Msimanga for appointing two other prominent officers without following due process – the opposition party was referring to Marietha Aucamp – who was appointed the chief of staff, and Tiyiselani Babane.
Showing off their anger, the ANC insisted that Msimanga was guilty of corruption and cadre deployment. They vowed to disrupt the meeting until the matter is resolved. As the Speaker failed to contain the situation; the hecklings and rants turned into a physical fight.
Disheartened by the disruption of the Tshwane Council Sitting; the speaker was forced to adjourned the meeting for a short time; while ANC members danced and sang in loud voices.
Coming clean on why he appointed Aucamp as the chief of staff; Msimanga explained that he is entitled to do so because Tshwane’s chief of staff will soon go on maternity leave.
“There is a provision that says if there is an emergency you can appoint someone,” he asserted.
He thereafter, pleaded with the maddening ANC protesters to calm down and give peace a chance. The disarray saw the entrance glass door broken.
However, the police’s timely intervention abated the situation as the crowd took to their heels after the police attacked them with pepper spray.