By Ashor Sarupen MPL, DA Gauteng Springs-Daveyton Constituency Head:
Speaker of the Ekurhuleni Council, Patricia Kumalo, has jackbooted over democracy by using the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police (EMPD) to forcefully prevent myself and two of my colleagues from carrying out our constitutional role of oversight.
Myself, Paul Willemburg MPL and Jordan Lotriet – a DA member, were present at the monthly Council meeting in Germiston this morning, seated in the public gallery among journalist and concerned residents of the Metro.
Willemburg and Lotriet were taking pictures of the proceedings, like many others in the gallery when the Speaker singled out Willemburg and Lotriet and ordered EMPD officials to forcefully remove them from the gallery.
She insisted that the EMPD delete any photographs and videos they may have on their phones of the day’s proceedings – illegally, before returning them to the chamber.
Upon return, Speaker Kumalo then singled me out and ordered EMPD to subject me to the same rough and barbarous treatment.
Despite not having taken photographs or videos, my phone was forcefully taken from me and, without a warrant, searched.
As a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, oversight over local government performance is critical.
This move by ANC is a warning to voters who next year have the power to get rid of tyranny and elect a government that is for freedom, not against it.
I have laid charges against Patricia Kumalo at the Germiston Police Station and will ensure that this fascist act this does not become the norm.