Tshwane - The Tshwane region of the African National Congress on Tuesday accused the municipality's mayor Solly Msimanga of failing to act on the death of worshippers at the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church led by prophet Shepherd Bushiri.
A coalition of parties led by Msimanga's Democratic Alliance has run the city of Tshwane after wresting control from the ANC, the ruling party nationally, at 2016 municipal elections.
The ANC said in a statement it was concerned to Msimanga "and his corrupt DA-led administration remain nowhere to be seen since the tragedy that led to the deaths of three female congregants at the Enlightened Christian Gathering".
"The city has not reassured the residents nor mentioned any measures to be taken to avoid such indents from happening in the future," ANC regional spokesperson Bafuze Yabo said. "Surely, there are laws and by-laws which govern gatherings of this nature in our country."
The ANC said it was incumbent upon the city council running Tshwane, home to the church which attracts thousands of congregants at several services each week, to ensure that such "unfortunate eventualities" did not occur.