ANC councillors have reportedly attacked DA council leaders in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro as tempers flared during a council sitting, according to multiple reports.
It is as yet unclear how the violence started, but accounts from the various parties say that some ANC members fought back after being asked to leave the meeting.
DA chief whip in the metro, Werner Senekal was stabbed in the back during the altercation, while another DA councillort, Rano Kayser is in hospital having sustained wounds, Trollip said.
According to the mayor, one ANC member also collapsed, and had blood on her face.
Eyewitness reports from the meeting say that the DA councillor was hit over the head with a glass jug by the ANC member. Glasses and jugs were being thrown around at full force, they said, before security discharged a round to quell the violence.
According to live reporting by The Herald, DA mayor in Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip named two ANC councillors – Makhi Feni and Andile Lungisa – who he said had approached the council speaker’s bench with view to assault speaker.
In a joint press briefing, the DA, EFF, ACDP and AIC leaders condemned the action by the ANC in the metro, saying they were disgusted, disheartened and appalled by the events.
Deputy mayor, Mongameli Bobani, said that, after the 3 August elections, the people of South Africa have spoken, and that the city council would not be deterred by the ANC’s actions.
He said that the law will run its course.
Trollip said that it was unfortunate, but now council meetings would have to have added security – and implied that drinking glasses and glass jugs may have to be removed in the future.
According to reports out of Gauteng today, the ANC had also been disruptive during council meetings held in Johannesburg and Tshwane.