SHIRLEY DE VILLIERS: ANC’s Joburg council drama – from fracas to farce

2022-01-21 04:00:00 PM

‘Watergate’ is but one small act in a week of absurdist political theatre that’s hollowing out democracy

‘Watergate’ is but one small act in a week of absurdist political theatre that’s hollowing out democracy, writes SdVilliers.

‘Watergate’ is but one small act in a week of absurdist political theatre that’s hollowing out democracy

they’re not getting bottled water at work.But let’s not get sidetracked by the city’s hapless residents; our councillors certainly didn’t.Municipal meltdownIf I may allay your concern for the public servants’ daily hydration targets: water points had apparently been set up ​outside the council doors.

But the reason the councillors had to trek these few metres for a drink was that water bottles had apparently been wielded as weapons last Thursday, when a disagreement about voting procedure saw the first attempt to elect the committee heads descend into chaos. The offending receptacles had been removed from the chamber, so as not to risk a repeat performance.

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SdVilliers Perhaps it is time to hold public representatives to the same rules that apply to ordinary citizens. If you are violent,you must be charged and subject to imprisonment. If you are purposefully disruptive, you are barred from office, 1st in a limited way and then more extensively.