Tshwane Speaker ‘beaten and chased like a dog’ opens criminal case against ANC councilors | TBEN


Tshwane City Council Chairman Dr Murunwa Makwarela claims he was physically assaulted by ANC councilors during a council meeting on Tuesday, November 15. Photo by Kgalalelo Tlhoaele

  • Tshwane chairman Murunwa Makwarela said he was beaten by ANC councilors at a council meeting on Tuesday.
  • Makwarela opened a criminal case Thursday at the Brooklyn Police Department.
  • The ANC denied that its councilors attacked Makwarela, despite videos showing the altercation.

Tshwane chairman Murunwa Makwarela said he was chased like a dog, beaten and suffered a head injury when ANC councilors attacked him during a council meeting on Tuesday.

Makwarela described the scenes he was subjected to after he opened a criminal case against ANC councilors at the Brooklyn police station on Thursday.

Videos seen by TBEN show a group of people attacking Makwarela as he sat at the front of the council chamber.

The confrontation on Tuesday is said to have started when ANC councilors refused to allow the council to approve reports prepared by the municipal government.

One of the crucial reports to be approved was to enable the city to access a R1 billion loan to deal with its liquidity problems.

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Makwarela told TBEN that from the moment the matter was brought to councilors, ANC members objected and refused to allow the meeting to go ahead.

Fearing that the meeting would never address the important issues of the day, Makwarela decided to suspend the meeting and continue it online in a hybrid meeting.

After making the decision, Makwarela said he was attacked by ANC councilors.

“I was injured and chased to my office like a dog. My coat was pulled. They tried to take me hostage, but I escaped. They chased me and managed to chase me out of the building.

“My vehicle was the one that protected me. They followed me to my office and banged on my doors. It was a group of 10 to 15 people,” Makwarela told TBEN.

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“They told me they would shoot me.”

He opened a criminal case, which included assault and harassment.

The video footage of the incident will be used as evidence.

Makwarela said the ANC had no idea of ​​the Speaker’s role, so they resorted to attacking him.

“The role of the Speaker is not partisan. It is to conduct the assembly and maintain law and order. So there is nothing that can lead anyone to attack the Speaker. The Speaker does not produce the reports, but the executive does,” he said. .

Makwarela said the ANC was determined to collapse the council, which is why they tried to make the meeting and the adoption of the loan access report fail.

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“That loan would help solve the short-term liquidity problems. All cities are going through an economic crisis. Absa had agreed to lend the city R1 billion in the short term, and that report was to take over the terms of that loan .

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“It was supposed to collapse the council, so it didn’t approve that loan and ended up placing it under administration. This would effectively put the city in the hands of the provincial government – the ANC,” Makwarela said.

The council meeting resumed at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday because Makwarela said the council halls were unsafe.

He said ANC councilors did not attend the meeting when the meeting resumed online.

Makwarela said ANC councilors were dissatisfied with the hybrid meeting because “everything moves fast online and you can’t beat someone online, which is why they objected to the meeting resuming online”.

The ANC lost its majority in Tshwane after the 2016 municipal elections.

The party received an even smaller majority in the 2021 elections.

Tshwane is governed by a multi-party government consisting of the DA, FF-Plus, Cope and ACDP.

The ANC in Tshwane denied that its councilors attacked Makwarela.

The party’s regional secretary, George Matjila, said Makwarela was biased in the way he led the meeting.


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