WOMEN started twerking during an argument over a community project at Veeplaas Community Hall in Port Elizabth on Wednesday afternoon.
Followers of the UDM and the ANC from ward 30 in the Metro allegedly clashed over a big project involving the cellphone company, MTN.
The company is reportedly installing wiring cables from Perseverance CBD to Veeplaas.
The ward was in the hands of the ANC and the UDM won it in the by-election recently. It was UDM’s first project in the ward so arguments broke out.
About 400 UDM supporters were sandwiched between the gate and the fence in the hall by residents who were singing pro-ANC freedom songs.
They set tyres on fire at the gate and the women were seen twerking and singing. The situation was tense and cops had to be called in to diffuse it.
Xolile Gqokoma, a spokesman for the group, told Daily Sun: “This isn’t an ANC gathering but a group of angry residents led by a business forum in this ward. The UDM councillor only employs UDM supporters and the community is angry. We have nominated seven members to form a business forum and sent the delegation to the councillor and his executive members. Last Tuesday we gave them a letter telling them to include our people and small business operators from the ward. But they started the work the following day, leaving us behind.”
UDM provincial deputy chairman Mongameli Bobani said: “There is no community representation here. It is only seven people who called themselves a business forum. On Tuesday these people started working on the project without consulting us and our councillor. We stopped them and called a meeting. They want two councillors in one ward. We know the law and we will apply it.”
Constable Mncedi Mbombo said: “Police were called and peace was restored.”