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MMC Belinda Echeo-Zonjoku ‘elbowed’ by male adviser during disruptions

MMC for Johannesburg City Development Planning Belinda Echeo-Zonjoku says she was pushed around by a male councilor during disruptions at the city council’s first meeting of the year.

South African Police Services parked outside the Gauteng Legislative Assembly building in Johannesburg CBD ahead of the state of the provincial address on February 26, 2018. Photo: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – MMC for Johannesburg City Development Planning Belinda Echeo-Zonjoku says she was pushed around by a male councilor during disruptions at the city council’s first meeting of the year.

Chaos erupted on Thursday before the election of the presidents of the supervisory commissions.

The dispute centered on the nomination voting process.

The cross-party coalition, led by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and including parties such as ActionSA, backed an open ballot while the ANC and Economic Freedom Fighters backed a secret ballot.

Echeo-zonjoku said she saw a doctor after the incident.

“Unfortunately, I was one of the people elbowed by a male adviser who prevented me from accessing the President’s room. He nudged me and kept his arm and elbow on my chest. I almost fainted but luckily my colleague managed to get me out of his grip.

The city’s ANC has since blamed President Vasco da Gama for the disruption.

The meeting is postponed to Tuesday.



MMC Belinda Echeo-Zonjoku ‘elbowed’ by male adviser during disruptions

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