WATCH | EFF causes ruckus during City of Cape Town council sitting

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  • Chaos has erupted during the City of Cape Town council.
  • Members of the EFF disrupted the sitting, after their votes were recorded erroneously.
  • City councillors were voting on the adoption of the planning process for drafting the metro's Integrated Development Plan.

Chaos erupted during the City of Cape Town's council sitting on Thursday while councillors were busy voting on the adoption of the planning process for drafting the metro's five-year Integrated Development Plan (IDP), and law enforcement officers were called in to intervene.

EFF members were outraged when a miscommunication during the voting process, led to a situation in which their votes were erroneously recorded as for, instead of against, the plan.

Law enforcement officers removed the party's chief whip, Banzi Dambuza, from the chamber, and Speaker Felicity Purchase was forced to adjourn the council sitting and convene a meeting with the chief whips of political parties in the council. 

Shortly before the chaos erupted, councillors were deliberating the adoption of planning process for the new IDP, which guides and informs planning and development in the Cape Town metro over the next five years.

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Only eight comments were received from the public during the public participation process. 

The EFF objected to the public participation process and to the adoption of the planning process for the IDP. Its members disrupted proceedings by heckling, chanting and demanding that their votes be recorded properly.

Members blamed the speaker for the mistake said that she was " bullying"  them. 

The EFF was, from the onset, against the planning process for drafting the IDP, but when their votes were recorded as ones that were in favour of it, they became angry.

Opposition parties, including the ANC and the Democratic Independent party, objected to the adoption of the planning process for the drafting of the IDP. 

During the sitting, mayco member for corporate services, Therese Uys, tried to explain that once the IDP was adopted the public would be requested to give input on the drafting of the plan. 

Speaking to News24 after council concluded Dambuza said law enforcement officers tore the EFF's signature red overalls. 

"All we did was requested that our results be corrected because their was clearly a miscommunication when our votes were registered. The speaker has over and over demonstrated her how her attitude is towards other political parties," he said.

Purchase said in response to the chaos: "We understand in our meeting with the chief whips that there has been a misunderstanding the way the vote was done."

A recount of the votes was conducted which led to the motion adopted. 

Correction:  In the original version of this article, it said coucillors voted for the adoption of the IDP.  The article has since been changed to reflect that councillors voted on the adoption of the planning process for drafting the metro's IDP.

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