The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Free State plan to take legal action after chaos erupted during a council meeting of the Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) in Bloemfontein yesterday. The EFF told Bloemfontein Courant that its members were manhandled during a council meeting in an attempt to remove them from the building.
Members were allegedly battered after security guards were called in to escort them out by council speaker, Mxolisi Siyonzana. “We feel offended. The speaker made it seem like we were chaotic in these chambers, hence he invited security, and we have an issue with that. We are still going to follow that up, because the security guards were armed and they harassed us,” said the party’s Tumo Mapitse.
According to the EFF’s Paulnita Marais, who had scratches on her chest, the ruckus broke out when they demanded an outcome of the motion of no confidence against Mangaung Metro Municipality Executive Mayor, Olly Mlamleli.
“My problem is that we were prepared to leave when they asked us to leave, but the way that they handled it was not right. I was grabbed and thrown around. I am a grandmother, and I do not behave the way that they behave. We are not hooligans,” said Marais.
One of the councillors, Nkahiseng Sefume, had wounds on her hands after being “thrown out”.
The motion was put forward during a council sitting in August. The EFF’s Paballo Poone-Rankholo said that the speaker failed to honour the motion.
“The speaker was supposed to provide reasons as to why the motion was not to be decided through secret ballot. However, the motion of no confidence was not on the agenda today,” she said.
The disagreement took place after what the EFF viewed to be the speaker’s failure to provide council with reasons as to why he decided not to allow the motion of no-confidence vote. The motion was to be done by secret ballot. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele