In a statement, De Lille and the Democratic Alliance condemned the ANC for bringing an “ungovernability campaign” into the council.
“The ANC tried to disrupt a council meeting and were asked to stop by the Speaker. After they refused, the Speaker asked them to leave the meeting, which they refused to do,” she said in a statement.
“The Speaker then asked the ANC to leave the council chamber for disobeying the rules. This they also refused to do.”
The meeting was reconvened in an alternative room, said De Lille.
She said this was not the national Parliament where people were “forced to leave by the police”.
She claimed the ANC tried to force their way into the meeting but were prevented by law enforcement officers.
“The law enforcement officers did not use riot gear and did not retaliate, despite being provoked and spat at by ANC councillors,” she said.
“The behaviour of the ANC today is a disgrace. This is part of their campaign to make the City ungovernable. They behaved like thugs today.”
De Lille said the ANC would not stop the DA from governing Cape Town and should be ashamed of their “tactics”.
The ANC was not immediately available to comment.