ANC collapse eThekwini Council meeting
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The Democratic Alliance says it remains steadfast in its commitment to change in eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), despite yesterday’s chaotic Council meeting which was stormed by ANC supporters.

The meeting on Monday had elected a Speaker and the Executive Committee before it ran into trouble, according to the DA.

“The ANC had clearly realised that ground had moved underneath their feet and were at pains to delay proceedings,” says Cllr Nicole Graham – DA eThekwini Caucus Leader.

“After a lengthy lunch break and a caucus, the ANC began raising numerous frivolous points of order. This included about the stability of the tent, the wind and Covid-19. It was clear they did not want the meeting to proceed and Speaker Thabani Nyawose refused to draw a line in the sand.

“The electricity in the tent then went out under suspicious circumstances and a mob of ANC supporters stormed the meeting, pushing over tables and trying to intimidate councillors.”

Graham alleges there was ample police and security on site but no arrests were made.

The meeting was eventually called off and will reconvene on Wednesday.

The DA intends to nominate Graham for Mayor, and will work with opposition parties for other positions, although she said: “The ANC are bound to spend the next day trying every possible avenue to win councillors over. Every trick in the book is about to be utilised in a desperate attempt to claw back support.”

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