On Thursday, the party said the province was severely affected by crime and was experiencing a shortage of police resources.
“The DA wishes to condemn the cheap politics that was on display in the Bonteheuwel meeting called by Minister Bheki Cele and (which was attended by) the organisers of the shutdown protests,” said Smith.
“A group of persons, some of whose political affiliation with, and links to the ANC and Cosatu, are well-known, entered the hall late and then demanded the exclusion of myself and councillor Angus Mckenzie.”
The meeting the two were chased from was called after Tuesday’s Total Shutdown protest, during which residents from a number of gang-ridden suburbs took to the streets in protest against gangsterism, crime and police inefficiency. Cele’s delegation included Major-General Jeremy Vearey, and Smith and McKenzie.