ANC supporters stormed the tent where the sitting of the eThekwini Municipality was taking place, toppling tables. Picture: Sihle Mavuso
ANC supporters stormed the tent where the sitting of the eThekwini Municipality was taking place, toppling tables. Picture: Sihle Mavuso

WATCH: ANC supporters storm venue to disrupt sitting of eThekwini Municipality council

By Sihle Mavuso Time of article published Nov 22, 2021

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Durban - There was a scare in Durban late on Monday when ANC supporters stormed the venue to disrupt the meeting where the election of the new city mayor and other officials was to take place.

The incident happened around 6pm and some women councillors within the venue were heard and seen screaming as they ran for cover when the violent supporters toppled chairs and tables inside the gigantic marquee pitched inside the Moses Mabhida stadium.

It is not clear how the supporters breached security at the first gate before reaching the second one, pulling down the steel security fence to enter the venue.

The supporters, were who were in ANC regalia, were initially camped outside the stadium patiently waiting for the voting to conclude.

Unexpectedly, the supporters showed up and they were seen pushing gates to enter the venue. The SAPS, Durban metro police and private and municipality security guards did not try to thwart the security breach.

It was only when they stormed the venue and were retreating that the security forces appeared to act, cordoning off the venue and beefing up security.

When the crowd stormed the venue, there was a small group of EFF supporters who marched and advanced to the venue with them. EFF commissars, Thabani Miya and Vukani Ndlovu restrained them and told them not to join the fray and they abided by the command and went back.

Inside the venue, led by a tall and well built man, the ANC supporters threw over tables and chairs while marching to the podium where newly-elected speaker, Thabani Nyawose was standing with others.

Before the security breach which appeared to have been engineered to collapse the sitting, there was an issue of power failure, forcing the sitting to temporarily adjourn.

Opposition councillors alleged that the power failure was engineered to save the ANC from losing the mayoral seat as it was clear that DA’s Nicole Graham was set to take on Mxolisi Kaunda of the ANC for the mayor position.

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