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Ekurhuleni’s council meeting on Wednesday was cut short by a rowdy standoff after the EFF asked who the Red Ants were taking orders from and who was paying them. The question went unanswered as EFF councillors shouted at other councillors. Speaker Patricia Khumalo adjourned the meeting. Earlier, the EFF disrupted proceedings with the same question as councillors went through the minutes of the previous meeting. Khumalo calmed them down and persuaded them to ask their questions later in the meeting. They had urged mayor Mzwandile Masina, who was also present, to deal with the violence that had erupted in informal settlements over Red Ants dismantling people’s shacks, and the killings related to gang violence. "You can’t have 600 young black men running amok with pangas and we sit here, they’ve killed the person we welcome the person’s death," said EFF councillor Koketso Mojatau. Mojatau was referring to the alleged murder on Monday of two people suspected of being members of the OVL ...

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