Durban – Mayor James Nxumalo and members of the city’s executive committee were pelted with plastic bottles and stones by angry municipal workers on Monday.
Employees had rejected the mayor’s promise to make a final decision only after the elections on the millions of rand in backpay owed to them.
The situation worsened at the meeting at the Curries Fountain soccer stadium when a shop steward – angered by the pelting – pulled out a gun and pointed it at those responsible. A mob charged at him with fists and flying kicks.
The angry employees managed to disarm the shop steward, identified as Sifiso Hlongwa from the electricity department, and pummelled him with a series of blows to his head and body.
Hlongwa was also whipped with a sjambok as police battled to contain the mob and rescue the man.
As the melee continued from one end of the soccer pitch to the other, the city’s executive committee, comprising Nxumalo, city manager S’bu Sithole, Speaker Logie Naidoo, councillors Nondumiso Cele, Fawzia Peer and ANC eThekwini chairman Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, the MEC for Health, were whisked away by more than half a dozen bodyguards.
Police were able to pull the bloodied shop steward away from the mob and put him into one of their vehicles, a minibus.
They also retrieved his handgun….
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