The Greater Tzaneen Municipality’s mayor’s Mayoral Imbizo at Madumane village in Bolobedu South, though well-organized, was disrupted by a member of the executive committee who had to be forcefully removed from the proceedings by the onsite security.

In a video circulated widely over social media, the councillor seen being slapped on the head by one of the officers as they carried the EFF member out of the hall.

The Imbizo was aimed at hearing the concerns of the community regarding service delivery issues in the area. It all started when mayor, Gerson Molapisane, paid a courtesy visit to local headman Modika and donated a wheel chair to a seven-year-old Lethabo Sekgobela of Mohlakong village before proceeding to the United Christian Church at Madumane.

The event was attended by representatives from various government agencies so they could answer personally on matters that sought their response. These representatives were from Eskom, SEDA, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Department of Health.

Residents complained about the supply of water to their homes, the bad state of their internal streets, RDP houses, and the electricity problems. During his address, mayor Molapisane promised to address all the issues the community raised. It was during deliberations where it was ordered that the EFF councillor be ejected from the proceedings. It is alleged that he was disruptive.

Upon being grabbed by the security officers, it is alleged that one security officer was bitten by the councillor on the chest, which is what prompted the slapping on the back of the head. Ironically, the rest of the red jumpsuits did not stand up and leave the hall in solidarity with their comrade.