A CITY of Cape Town council meeting has been brought to a standstill for about an hour due to disruptions by the ANC.
Council speaker Dirk Smit was forced by the ANC to adjourn Thursday’s meeting before it even began.
The party raised point of order just as mayor Patricia de Lille took her position at the podium.
Earlier the party had informed the media that they would demand De Lille pay back money used for security upgrades at her home.
Since the allegations were about the upgrades, contained in a letter sent by Safety and Security mayco member JP Smith to DA leadership, De Lille has not given details on the allegations.
She has however been gaged by DA leadership to speak about it pending an internal party investigation.
ANC leader Xolani Sotashe raised a point of order but was stopped by Smit.
“There is no order points and there is no interruption during the mayor’s speech… councillor Sotashe I am not allowing a point of order,” said Smit.
He later kicked the whole ANC caucus out after they protested.
But when the party refused to leave, he adjourned the meeting for 20 minutes.
ANC councillors, mainly clad in black suits, started singing struggle songs and chanted: “Pay back the money!”
Some DA councillors retaliated by shouting “Zuma is a thief!”
When the meeting restarted, Sotashe said the ANC refused to be addressed by De Lille.
“We are going to move peacefully because we can’t be addressed by a thief,” said Sotashe.
But his party continued to sing and chant and refused to leave the chamber.