Deputy mayor Thsonono Buyeye said on October 27‚ 2016‚ they had sat at a media conference condemning a brawl which had seen DA councillor Rano Kayser smashed across his head with a water jug.
“What we saw today was almost the very same thing that happened in 2016. It was shocking to see seasoned politicians acting in the manner they did.”
Safety and security political head Litho Suka said what transpired was extreme provocation.
“It showed us there are steps to deal with safety and security. We did not want to use the long arm because we’re looking at everyone’s safety in the precinct.”
Mafaya said DA councillor Retief Odendaal had threatened that there would be bloodshed in the council.
She said she would open a case against Odendaal with the police.
“I will attend to that one. No councillor can threaten council chamber in that manner‚” Mafaya said.
DA councillor Nqaba Bhanga likened Mafaya to speaker in parliament Baleka Mbete and said she was the “Baleka Mbete of Nelson Mandela Bay”.
Bhanga said Mafaya showed on Tuesday that she was not a good or impartial speaker and charged that she had switched off all the DA councillors’ microphones.
Bhanga wsaid Mafaya had misinterpreted Odendaal’s intention when he had approached her and asked her to remove the security officials in the chamber because they wanted to harm DA councillors. “That is the bloodshed he meant.”
“The speaker put up armed Metro police in chambers to physically hurt us [DA councillors]‚ something that the ANC never experienced when they were in the opposition. It was a genuine appeal by Retief.
“We are dealing with a speaker who is not credible and truthful… How do you spin this?” Bhanga questioned.