The ANC members who were present at an Integrated Development Plan (IDP) summit in Midrand arrived with the sole purpose of disrupting the proceedings‚ an official of the Economic Freedom Fighters said on Wednesday.
The hall of the Midrand High School turned into a warzone with chairs‚ water bottles and papers being thrown around‚ said EFF Chief Whip Sepetlele Raseruthe.
“They attacked us because they wanted to disrupt the meeting. They wouldn’t even allow the meeting to start and they sang when the Speaker tried to address them‚” said Raseruthe.
“This was the third time that they have done this‚” he added.
An EFF member suffered a gash to his head and was taken to hospital‚ while the DA’s chairperson of Ward 112‚ Andrew Osmond‚ was hit with a brick on the back of his head‚ said Mayor Herman Mashaba.
He blamed Johannesburg Metro Police Department officers for not acting accordingly.
“I’m disappointed that the JMPD outside the venue is letting the disruptive residents through. The JMPD leadership will change soon‚” he posted on his official Twitter account.
But the JMPD claims that it intervened and tried to break up the clashes.
Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said at least three Johannesburg metro police officers were injured in the scuffle.
The officers were trying to pull apart members of two political parties when one was hit with a chair and injured in the face‚ Minnaar said.