A dispute over the suspension of a City of Johannesburg senior official has led to a physical altercation between Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and African National Congress (ANC) councillors at the Johannesburg City Council Chambers.
The officials had gathered on Thursday afternoon for a special meeting but the situation quickly turned violent when the debate heated up.
Both parties are blaming each other for the fight.
The EFF’s Kgabo Hlonyane said:”During discussions, they started physically attacking our party leader in an attempt to collapse the meeting.”
But the ANC’s Jolidee Matongo says the EFF is to blame and will urge two of its injured members to lay charges.
“It’s not the first time that EFF councillors have insulted those of the ANC.”
The situation has calmed down at the Johannesburg City Council Chambers, where the special council meeting was concluded following a brief yet violent clash between EFF and ANC councillors.
Despite municipal staff saying the altercation was short-lived, both parties say some of their members were injured in the process.
Hlonyane said: “Ten EFF members, many of them women, were injured.”
Matonga says they were provoked.
“EFF councillors insulted an ANC councillor, calling her a clerk which led to the ruling party members retaliating.”
Both parties say they have advised their members to open criminal cases.