The Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Herman Mashaba says the City is left with no option but to lay criminal charges against ANC Councillors assaulting democracy and fueling violence
This follows the ANC violent disruption of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) summit the mayor was hosting last night at Midrand High School.
From our gatherings, a number of individuals were injured following the violence. While an EFF member received a gash to his head, the chairperson of Ward 112, Andrew Osmond, was attacked with a brick. The back of Osmond’s head suffered the attack and he was rushed to a hospital.
The charges as learnt, will include damage to property and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
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Upholding that the attack was led by ANC Councillors in the City of Joburg, Mayor Mashaba remarked that the police will be provided with all relevant footage of the IDP summit disruption and, that those involved will face criminal prosecution.
“It has become clear that the ANC in Johannesburg refuses to accept the democratic outcomes of last year’s local government elections and has resorted to violence and intimidation to prevent the new administration from serving the residents of our City.
“I condemn this disgraceful behavior in the strongest terms and call on ANC Provincial Chairperson, Paul Mashatile, to intervene in this matter and bring an end to the despicable violence perpetrated by his members,” Mayor Mashaba said.
According to the Mayor, Last night’s IDP summit disruption was disgraceful because IDP summits are a vital component in the City’s efforts to ensure proper public consultation.
“It is clear that the ANC is hell-bent on preventing us from ensuring that the residents of Joburg are given an opportunity to raise their concerns with their government.
“At the end of the day, the ANC’s actions have nothing to do with putting the interests of Joburg residents first, but rather everything to do with self-interest and arrogance,” asserted the Mayor.
Thereafter, the Mayor proclaimed that the ANC is leaderless in Johannesburg. To him, this is so because former Mayor, Park Tau, has done nothing to end ANC thuggery.
“His silence remains deafening,” Mayor Mashaba declared.
With that, the Mayor narrated that JMPD officers had to remove ANC members from the school hall and lock the doors to ensure the safety of the community members inside after the violence erupted.
“ANC members then proceeded to destroy school property including breaking doors and smashing windows. ANC Councillors led a group of about 60 ANC members in placing the lives of an estimated 500 innocent residents at risk,” he added.
Commenting, Speaker of Council, Cllr Vasco da Gama, related that about 10 ANC Councillor at the gathering refused to manage the disruptions. Some of them helped to escalate the violence, Da Gama said.
Based on that, Mashaba said:
“It is clear that the ANC is willing to shed the blood of innocent community members and damage property in its efforts to discredit the democratically elected government in Johannesburg.
I again call on the ANC Provincial Chairperson, Paul Mashatile, to take urgent disciplinary action against these individuals. It is alleged that the attack was orchestrated by PR Councillor Mfikoe and Councillors Lemola and Matsemela.
In our constitutional democracy, we can never tolerate Councillors conducting themselves in a manner that places the lives of innocent residents at risk.”
Above all, the Mayor informed the ANC in Johannesburg that his leadership will not be intimidated.
“We will continue to serve our residents and bring about the change they demanded in last year’s elections.
“Despite the ANCs efforts to prevent the public engagements from continuing, City officials and community members remained in the hall and ensured that the work of bringing change to the people of Johannesburg continued.
“We will never allow the legitimate work of government to be derailed by thuggery,” Mayor Mashaba emphasized.