Despite the court interdict against the ANCYL restraining them from violence and a subsequent rambunctious disruptions at a national event, the party may not be taking a vacation away from violence. The ANC in Tshwane did not harbour any preconceived intention to disrupt Mayor Solly Msimanga’s State of the Capital Address (Soca) last Thursday.
Council Speaker Katlego Mathebe was forced to reconvene the council sitting at a different venue at Tshwane Events Centre after ANC councillors turned the occasion into a commemoration of the late Struggle icon Solomon Mahlangu.
The unruly councillors chanted Struggle songs in defiance of Mathebe’s plea for them to sit down and be quiet, and refused to leave the venue after being ordered to leave.
Once left on their own, the ANC’s Lesego Makhubela and Joel Masilela declared themselves mayor and speaker respectively.
Party leader Mapiti Matsena said all the ANC councillors wanted was for council to honour the legacy of Mahlangu for at least 15 minutes.