Mayor Of Joburg Has Vilified ANC And EFF Violence At Council Meeting

Mayor Of Joburg Has Vilified ANC And EFF Violence At Council Meeting

Dr Mpho Phalatse, the mayor of Johannesburg, condemned the violence she claimed was incited by ANC and EFF councillors during a council meeting on Thursday.

“ANC and EFF councillors attempted to forcibly remove the speaker of council, Vasco da Gama, during the seventh extraordinary council meeting that sat to make decisions about the appointment of council and city administration senior managers, including the city manager,” Phalatse said.

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She said that she would engage the council speaker and the leaders of the political parties represented in the council to ensure that the council collectively condemned violence against women and that all councillors involved in inciting the violence are held accountable by the applicable council rules and the law.

According to Phalatse, the violence, which included an assault on a council official, did not reflect what residents expected and demanded of councillors.

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“In a month in which we highlight the vulnerability of women in society, especially the violence that we face in society, it is with extreme sadness and anger that we witnessed a woman EFF councillor physically assault another woman — a council official.”

She also said that there were assaults on councillors, including two women.

Even though criminal charges had previously been laid, Phalatse said that this was not the first time there were violent scenes in council.

“I recently followed up on the investigation, and there has been little to no progress. The lack of appropriate action from law-enforcement authorities fuels these violent acts in council, and reinforces the reality that gender-based violence and criminality in society are not treated urgently.”

Helen Zille, the DA’s spokesperson, took to Twitter to share videos of the incident.

Take a look at how the EFF behaved in the Council meeting in Jozi ydy and especially note the assault on a woman. Women’s day was just lip service.

— Helen Zille (@helenzille) August 11, 2022

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