State of the Council: chaotic

The proceedings in council were disrupted during the State of the City Address.

The debate escalated to a fistfight and water bottles and chairs being thrown at the members of the EMPD, who were called to restore order by the speaker of EMPD council, Patricia Khumalo.

Three EFF members were injured and one DA member had to be rushed to hospital.

After the DA requested the council to be adjourned for 20 minutes for their caucus, they tabled a motion for the speaker to be recused from council.

They held up red cards, signalling that it was time for Khumalo to leave the position.

But the votes came back in her favour.

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The mayor was forced to give his State of the City Address outside after hours of the parties not being able to reach common ground.

The Speaker of Council says that she had to exercise due decorum in attending to a recurring matter brought through numerous points of order by the EFF.

“[After] I ruled on the issue and [gave] the go ahead for the Mayor’s address to be delivered we experienced undue disruptions, which left the meeting in a disorderly state.

“According to Ekurhuleni Council’s standing orders, the Speaker of Council has the responsibility to maintain order in meetings.

“The second insert stipulates that the Speaker of Council may at any time during the meeting, if she deems it necessary for maintaining order, direct a security officer to remove or cause the removal of any person,” she says.

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She says that she acted within her legal and procedural authority.

The chief whip of the ANC, Clr Jongizizwe Dlabathi, says that the speaker exercised due decorum in attending to a recurring matter in the house.

“She ruled on the issue and [gave] the go ahead for the address to be delivered.

“This was an unfortunate incident and various measures were taken to ensure order was maintained,” he says.

  AUTHOR
Doreen Mokgolo
Journalist

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