Pietermaritzburg - A Democratic Alliance councillor at Msunduzi Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal has described his shock when he heard an explosion during a council workshop at City Hall on Monday.
DA councillor Sibongiseni Majola sits less than a metre away from the entrance at Council Chambers where the explosion occurred on Monday.
"I was on the podium during the meeting when there was this loud bang. My initial thought was that a gun from one of the security officials had gone off, but then I saw this smoke coming through the door and that is when we got scared," said Majola.
Monday's meeting was part of a workshop where Msunduzi administrator Sibusiso Sithole was presenting his confidential turnaround plan for the city. The plan is said to have laid bare the problems that led to the near collapse of the municipality and fingered some officials and called for harsh action against wrongdoers.
Security officials stationed at council confirmed hearing the heavy sound in the building. They blamed inadequate security which they said places people, including officials and councillors, at risk.