ANC councillors walk out of Herman Mashaba's state of the city address

ANC councillors walk out of Herman Mashaba's state of the city address

- The ANC staged a walk out during Herman Mashaba's state of the city address

- They accused Mashaba of lying before they departed

- This is the latest incident in which ANC councillors have walked out on opposition leaders' speeches

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ANC councillors walked out on Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba's state of the city address.

Mashaba was delivering the speech in the Johannesburg council chambers on Tuesday.

ANC councillors left the venue after Mashaba blamed the party for the city's problems with illegal immigration.

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Two other councillors from opposition parties also attempted to disrupt Mashaba's speech and were escorted from the venue.

This was Mashaba's third such address. In the speech, he outlined some of the success and failures of the city administration, as well challenges that still needed to be addressed.  

However, the ANC did not take kindly to Mashaba's criticism and exited the venue. This echoes previous incidents where ANC councillors have walked out on opposition leaders' speeches.

The ANC previously walked out during Helen Zille's state of the province address, as well as Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa's state of the city address.

According to Eyewitness News, Mashaba threw shade at the departing councillors, saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, I did not realise that the truth can be so hurtful."

The ANC councillors reportedly left after accusing Mashaba of lying, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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This is the latest in escalating tensions between the DA and ANC in Gauteng. Over the last several weeks, the parties have been passing blame back and forth for the province's recent service delivery protests.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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