Se­nior MPs evicted

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - An­disiwe Mak­i­nana

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.

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