ANC councillors walk out of new Tshwane mayor's first SOCA speech

ANC councillors walk out of new Tshwane mayor's first SOCA speech

- ANC councillors walked out on Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa's state of the city address

- The councillors claimed they were leaving to show solidarity with the Tshwane residents who were protesting

- The EFF in Tshwane, however, blames the ANC for the protests

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ANC councillors walked out during new Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa's first state of the city address.

Mokgalapa had replaced Solly Msimanga as mayor when Msimange resigned to focus on his campaign for Gauteng premier.

The councillors left the chamber, saying they would attend various protests taking place in the city.

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The councillors added that they could not sit and listen to Mokgalapa's speech while the city outside "was burning".

They were referring to the several protests that have broken out in Tshwane. 

 For example, a protest over service delivery had led to road closures, while another protest had disrupted schooling in Winterveldt. 

Taxi drivers also protested in Mamelodi, according to The Sowetan. The drivers burned tyres and barricaded roads, has learned.

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The ANC members were reportedly heckled by the EFF while they staged their walkout. One of the EFF councilors said the protests were not genuine and just "ANC thuggery".

Moaferika Mabogwana, the EFF leader in Tshwane, directly blamed the ANC for the protests and said Tshwane residents had lost faith in the ANC.

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Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa also criticised the protests. He said that some of them have turned violent and criminal.

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