An Integrated Development Plan meeting descended into chaos on Thursday evening, with petrol bombs thrown, numerous vehicles damaged and parts of the N2 freeway being shut down for the evening.
“This culminated in last night’s horrific acts of violence and criminality at the Colchester meeting, where councillors’ vehicles were stoned, and petrol bombs thrown,” said councillor Nqaba Bhanga, who is standing in for Mayor Athol Trollip while he is away.
The meeting, which was being led by speaker of council, Jonathan Lawack, and chief whip Werner Senekal, descended into chaos shortly after it started, when a man wearing an Economic Freedom Fighters beret barged into the meeting and started shouting at Lawack. The speaker asked the man to leave, but another member took his place and continued to disrupt the meeting.
Attendees trapped inside hall
While the disruptions took place, a group descended on the hall and barricaded those attending inside.
Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said around 200 unhappy residents had barricaded the perimeter gate to the premises with burning objects and had thrown rocks at the hall and the vehicles inside.
“Seven vehicles were damaged in the process,” he said.
Beetge said members of the public order policing unit had been called in and had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd and free the occupants of the hall.
N2 closed as protest spills over
Beetge said some of individuals had then moved onto the N2 and barricaded the road with burning tyres and thrown rocks at passing vehicles, which led to