Following increased rift between the ANC and DA councilors in Tshwane, speaker of Tshwane council Katlego Mathebe says she will forge ahead with plans to establish a council protection services unit of “bouncers” in her office.
Mathebe said while tabling a report during a special council meeting at Sammy Marks Council Chamber on Tuesday, that the council protection service is needed to crack down on the unruly behavior by ANC councilors and it will assist her in enforcing the rules and orders of council.
The request for the special protection services unit follows frequent disruptions of council meeting by the ANC council members
Recently, the Tshwane ANC councilors sang the banned ‘dubula ibhunu’ song inside council chambers‚ where mayor Solly Msimanga was to deliver the State of the Capital Address
As ANC councilors disrupted the address and council meeting, the lyrics “dubul’ ibhunu‚ ayesaba amagwala” reverberated through the chambers. and to put a lasting end to this acts, Katlego Mathebe calls on councilors to support the establishment of the disciplinary unit.
Meanwhile, the ANC opposed the move saying it was not budgeted for and thus should be placed on hold until July when a budget would be available.
“Let’s warn you that you must take full responsibility of what happens to these people (the bouncers). What you are starting is a bloodbath,” said ANC councilor Terence Mashigo who also added that forging ahead with the council protection services unit would be in contravention of the law.
Mashigo challenged Mathebe to produce a piece of legislation that empowered her to start the unit and employ people for it, pointing out that there was no legislative provision for it at local government level.
The proposed council protection services confirmed what the DA-led administration did at the State of the Capital Address when “requesting the metro police to remove us”, he said, but warned that the protection services had the potential to trample on the freedom of expression, which “must at all times be respected”.
ANC councilor Joel Masilela supported Mashigo’s comments and went on to ask Katlego Mathebe to make sure that her bouncers have funeral cover when they come to the council house.
Councillor Aaron Maluleka accused Mathebe of trying to strip city manager Moeketsi Mosola of his executive powers by setting up the unit. He also supported Mashigo’s request for the unit to be set aside until July when funds would be available.
“Where are you going to get the money when you are going to implement this thing tomorrow?” he asked the speaker.