Chaos erupted earlier after a group of African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters disrupted the inaugural council meeting of the eThekwini Metro. The proceedings had to be stopped while police escorted them out.
The council meeting has been adjourned to Wednesday due to power failure at the Metro’s building.
Councillors remain at loggerheads over the exact number of councillors in attendance. Opposition parties including the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) are calling for a recount of all councillors at the meeting before voting can proceed.
“In fact as the IFP what we want to see, we want this council to continue to sit. You will recall that in terms of the scripts which regulates establishments of the 14 days after the gazetting, tomorrow is the last day. It’s very important that this meeting continues for the sake of the people of eThekwini. If the ANC is on the side of the voters they must allow democratic processes to unfold so that the people of eThekwini get services they have been waiting for decades,” IFP’s chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Thami Ntuli elaborates.
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