- A recent DA municipal leadership meeting turned into a chair throwing contests.
- Bantu Holomisa, who posted the video, claims the DA is following the ANC’s example
- The ANC had a similar incident at the end of September, which Ramaphosa called the festival of chairs.
A municipal DA leadership meeting turned violent when attendees started yelling and throwing chairs at each other.
The incident took place at the DA Mabopane Sports Centre, Tshwane. The exact cause of the outbursts has not been made public, but it is obvious the members were not happy with each other.
Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President, shared the video footage on his Twitter account early on Wednesday morning, captioning the post: “So the ANC’s festival of chairs concept is spreading to other parties. Levels of intolerance r on the rise in our body politik.”
‘Festival of chairs’ was the term Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa used to describe a similar brawl at the ANC's Eastern Cape provincial conference in September.
Representatives from rival factions had thrown each other with chairs, bottles and steel rods.
A disagreement on who was legitimately supposed to take part in the conference led to the violent falling-out.
The episode resulted in ten people needing medical attention.
A day after the ‘Festival of chairs’ Ramaphosa weighed in on the incident, saying that the ANC should not resolve disputes with violence or court cases.
Now, the DA seems to be following by example.
The recent video by Holomisa quickly received twitter users’ attention, with many mocking the political parties. Some joked that the chairs in political meetings should be replaced by foam chair, to ensure everyone present’s safety.
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