Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip believes the ANC’s short-sighted strategy of disrupting meetings in the city is backfiring.
On Thursday night, Trollip left a meeting in Uitenhage after a scuffle among those attending broke out.
At the meeting, Trollip and ANC member Luyolo Nqakula became embroiled in a spat.
And in a video, seen by The Herald, people can also be seen shouting as they push and shove each other.
Nqakula claimed that deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani had skipped the second item on the agenda, which was meant to deal with the purpose of the meeting.
Trollip called on the ANC to investigate the disruptions. “I have on numerous occasions warned the local leadership of the opposition against encouraging this dangerous and undemocratic strategy. But the opposition has already lost control of its structures and now they are reaping the whirl wind they’ve sown,” he said.
He said ANC councillor Xola Sabani now faced a charge for violating the code of conduct after he tried to hijack a meeting at the Nangoza Jebe Hall on September 29.
“We can’t also be spoon-feeding the opposition,” Trollip said.
He had asked the ANC leadership to investigate and provide a report to Nelson Mandela Bay council chief whip Werner Senekal by Friday.
“This foolhardy strategy is short sighted as all it achieves is to deprive needy and vulnerable residents of being able to interact with the new administration to highlight their needs, hopes and aspirations,” Trollip said.
“The DA-led council is determined to continue engaging the citizens of this metro in order to craft the best possible IDP and budget, that is informed by a comprehensive and inclusive public participation process.”
ANC regional task team convener Beza Ntshona said Trollip was misleading the public that the party was disrupting the meetings.
He called on Trollip to supply proof that the ANC was behind disruptions.
Sabani said he was unaware of any charge.