An ANC supporter holds a flag of the ANC while the President Jacob Zuma addresses ANC Gauteng Cadre Assembly in Pretoria. Picture: Phill Magakoe

Nqutu, KwaZulu-Natal - The ANC in Nquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal are believed to have forcibly occupied the local council chamber to thwart a motion of no confidence in mayor Emily Molefe on Thursday, the DA said.

“Opposition parties were prevented from entering the council chamber and taking up their seats, as these were forcibly occupied by ANC cadres,” the DA’s provincial chief whip Radley Keys said.

He said the events were the mark of a desperate attempt by the ANC to prevent being reduced to a minority party.

Keys added that the tension arose following the National Freedom Party severing its ties with the ANC and embarking on talks with the opposition parties.

“There are several other municipalities around the province where NFP members have introduced motions of no confidence in ANC mayors.”

Captain Thulani Zwane said police were sent to maintain peace and restore order.

“There were no reports of violence and no charges were laid by anyone,” Zwane said.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala could not comment on the matter and said the party would investigate.

The council meeting was cancelled and another date would be set soon. - The Mercury