The meeting was meant to inform residents of the city’s plan for jobs in the
extended public works programme.But the meeting turned ugly when chairs went flying.
The mayor was in the area as part of the city’s mass recruitment drive.He also wanted to explain how the programme’s central database would be used to store information of interested jobseekers and ensure random and fair appointments.
The meeting was interrupted by a group of residents who apparently were against the programme.
Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga was addressing residents at the Indoor Sports Centre in Mabopane on Sunday when chaos erupted.
A video circulating on social media shows residents wearing ANC and DA T-shirts throwing chairs at each other, with many running for cover.
After several seconds, Tshwane metro cops step in to separate the two groups, even firing rubber bullets to end the fight.
Msimanga’s spokesman Samkelo Mgobozi said the disruption was caused by a small group of individuals.
“Nevertheless, we are pleased it was members of the community themselves who dealt with the disrupters.”Mgobozi said the random selection of the database will be open to public observation.
“Such a selection process will also be published in advance in the wards and regions from which the programme’s beneficiaries will be recruited,” he told Daily Sun.
Mgobozi said 19 673 residents registered on the first day of the programme roadshow on Monday.ANC Tshwane spokesman Teboho Joala denied that ANC members had started the fight.
He claimed some residents were provoked by the mayor’s answers to their questions about the programme.Joala said the behaviour of the residents was regrettable.
“That’s not the way to act. It shouldn’t have gone that far,” he said.