DA and EFF councillor allegedly assaulted in council meeting

Two councillors were allegedly physically assaulted at the Tshwane council chambers on Tuesday.

DA councillor Elma Nel and EFF councillor Anna Masemola were allegedly assaulted by two other councillors inside the chambers.

Nel said ANC councillor Joe Masilela hit her with his elbow in her face as she was trying to take a photo of the damaged door to the foyer of the council chambers.

“My back hurts and my neck is stiff. I even hurt my left knee because one shoe got lost when Masilela knocked me down”, said Nel.


Lex Middelberg, a DA councillor was assisted the two with laying a charge of assault and intimidation against Masilela and Esther Mothuane, who allegedly assaulted Masemola. Middelberg, said they chose to lay the charge at Wonderboom police station because they feared being followed by ANC members.

“Masemola was hit multiple times in the face. It took the metro police a long time to get to the scene and assist us,” said Middleberg.

He added the case would be transferred to the Pretoria Central police station.

“Once we are done at the police station, Nel and Masemola will be taken to the Eugene Marais hospital,” said Middleberg.

Masemola was unavailable for comment because she was busy making a statement with police.

Tshwane EFF regional chair Benjamin Disoloane said he was disappointed by the ANC‘s behaviour at council.

“We call upon the ANC to stop doing this to our members. They must debate issues verbally and not physically,” he said.

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