The state of the capital address is going ahead as planned despite the ANC leaving the council chambers at the beginning of the meeting.
This comes after protests flared up in the various parts of the city purportedly around service delivery grievances. Speaking in the Tshwane council chambers, ANC councillor Oscar Mathafa told the house that they had hoped that the Speaker would speak on the protests in the city.
“The city is burning and we as the ANC think it is incumbent that we leave and go deal with the issues that they are raising than sit here to listen to a speech.” “A speech which 80 percent of the things won’t be done.
” Mathafa lambasted the decision to hold the address in Tshwane House in the CBD further congesting roads. ALSO READ: VIDEO: Pretorians gather in CBD for SOCA festivities He said the reason his party held the address outside the city centre was not to be flamboyant but to minimise road disruptions.
He added that Mokgalapa ought to apologise to Tshwane motorists.