Senior MPs evicted
EFF leader Julius Malema and DA chief whip John Steenhuisen dug in their heels and refused to withdraw inflammatory and unparliamentary statements they made in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
The MPs got off lightly‚ though‚ as chair Thoko Didiza threw both out of the house on Wednesday after they refused to withdraw their statements.
But a number of other MPs who were involved in the scuffle that broke out following their remarks – including Agang SA’s Andries Tlouamma and EFF’s Nazier Paulsen – will have to appear before the parliamentary disciplinary committee.
Didiza found Steenhuisen’s reference to Malema and another EFF MP, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, as “VBS looters” to be unparliamentary.
Malema, in response, referred to the DA chief whip as “you racist young white man” and “a racist young man who was accused of rape”.
Didiza ruled that Malema’s remarks were derogatory‚ verbally abusive and unsubstantiated. Both refused to withdraw their remarks.