eThekwini council meeting heats up with mayor telling DA councillor to “shut up”

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Nicole Graham, DA eThekwini caucus leader.PHOTO: Supplied
Nicole Graham, DA eThekwini caucus leader.PHOTO: Supplied

A council item on burial assistance to families of the Phoenix violence led to a feisty screaming match between DA eThekwini leader, Nicole Graham, and Durban Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda.

The incident happened during a virtual executive committee meeting on Tuesday morning.

The argument was set off when Kaunda accused the DA of campaigning on the “blood” of people who were killed in Phoenix during July’s unrest.

“There are people who are electioneering with this issue and those people are (the) DA. Because you think you have a constituency in Phoenix you must go and defend wrongdoing and try to cover up the racial tensions because they might vote for you. No, that vote must not be bought by the blood of innocent young people who did not do anything,” said Kaunda before he was cut off by Graham.

“You can’t be accusing us of campaigning on the blood of people, that is ridiculous,” said Graham.

Durban Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda is seen during the med
Durban Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda is seen during the media briefing. (Darren Stewart, Gallo Images, file)

A back and forth ensued between Graham and Kaunda with Graham asking Kaunda to withdraw his remarks. Kaunda took exception to being interrupted while talking.

He refused to withdraw, repeatedly telling Graham to, “shut your mouth”.

eThekwini speaker Weziwe Thusi and other Exco members tried to intervene but to no avail.

All three DA councillors logged out of the virtual meeting shortly after the incident.


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