An application for special consent to operate a playschool in Port Elizabeth’s upmarket Mill Park suburb quickly spiralled into a racial spat at a meeting yesterday, with councillors hurling insults at each other.
The human settlements committee meeting, which decided on a number of rezoning applications, became heated when ANC councillor Lawrence Troon insinuated that the residents in the area objected to the school – Little Acorns – because it was “reflective of nonracialism”.
“These people are complaining about parking, but that property is 4 000m² and can fit 20 cars at the same time,” Troon said.
“What I like about that creche is that all types of people go there –black, white, coloured and Indian. It is truly reflective of our nonracialism in this metro.”
This irked Ward 7 councillor Chris Roberts (DA), who complained that he had not been told about the visit by councillors to the property in Melville Road on Thursday.
– Rochelle de Kock
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