Alongside two other council members in the City of Johannesburg, Helen Zille has also accused EFF members of ‘assaulting’ a female politician while they were being thrown out of the house on Wednesday.
EFF chucked out after chaotic council protest
The shocking altercation has been shared on social media. Several clips capture the scuffles and tussles. The EFF can be seen advancing towards the speaker’s bench. The party are thought to be unhappy with how Vasco Da Gama is conducting these council meetings.
However, their legitimate forms of protest descended into an outright exhibition of chaos. Pushing, shoving, and man-handling were the order of the day. Multiple members of the far-left organisation left their seats to get involved in the tensions.
The EFF performed struggle songs, before they were eventually removed from the sitting. Several small-scale fights broke out during the ejection. One of which, it is alleged, resulted in the purported assault of a female DA councillor.
Watch: EFF members accused of assaulting female councillor
This, just hours after Women’s Day came to a conclusion? Classy…
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. pic.twitter.com/41dgquDEfm
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) August 11, 2022
This is @ANCJHB & EFF people voted for in council. They don’t want voting, they delays, frivolous points of orders after agreeing with EFF that Speaker should be forcibly removed
A day after women’s day,female @Our_DA councillors beaten up by male EFF Councillors @mphophalatse1 pic.twitter.com/xmV6mrThdV
— Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku (@BelindaE6) August 11, 2022
— Cllr Tim (@jozi117) August 10, 2022
Council anarchy upsets Johannesburg members
Belinda Echeozonjoku is one of the Johannesburg councillors who claims she saw a female get assaulted by a male EFF member on Wednesday. The DA representative is also miffed with ANC members, who she has accused of ‘watching and laughing at’ the whole incident.
“These parties host elaborate Women’s Day events, and then ANC/EFF male councillors beat up women in council. This is the ANC for you – you can see that ANC councillors are laughing, while they see others getting beaten up.”
Councillors behaving badly…
Since the 2021 Local Elections, the ANC’s loss of power in Gauteng has seemingly caused a lot of friction on regional council benches. Ex-Mayor of Ekurhuleni Mzwandile Masina was unceremoniously dragged out of a Council sitting back in March.
Video footage shows the moment he was booted out of the chamber: Several guards grab hold of the ANC heavyweight, and in near-comical fashion, they rush him out of the house amid a chorus of jeers and taunts. This was just four months after he vacated the top job.