Shivambu, Steen­huizen face DC

The New Age (Gauteng) - - POLITICS - DEN­NIS CRUYWAGEN news@the­newage.co.za

SPEAKER of Par­lia­ment Baleka Mbete has cited two prom­i­nent MPs, re­spec­tively the chief whip of the DA and that of the EFF.

Mbete has re­ferred an al­leged breach of priv­i­lege by DA chief whip John Steen­huisen to the pow­ers and priv­i­leges com­mit­tee to probe the mat­ter and present a re­port.

Steen­huisen al­legedly breached par­lia­men­tary on March 9 “dur­ing Ques­tions to the deputy pres­i­dent re­gard­ing a fail­ure to in­form Par­lia­ment about the de­ploy­ment of the SANDF last year in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion and the De­fence Act (No 42 of 2002)”.

Mbete had also sent to the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee for in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a re­port on “the con­duct of NF Shivambu MP in the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 10, 2016, fol­low­ing his fail­ure to with­draw an un­par­lia­men­tary re­mark”.

On that day, dur­ing a failed no con­fi­dence de­bate in Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, Shivambu warned ANC MPs that the pres­i­dent would “kill them” if they stood against him as po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents.

He re­fused to with­draw the re­mark when asked to do so.

“Be­fore you know it, he would have cap­tured ev­ery­thing,” he told MPs on ANC benches. “Af­ter he has dealt with ev­ery­one else, he is go­ing to ar­rest you. He is go­ing to ar­rest all of you, he is go­ing to lock you up, he is go­ing to kill you. He has noth­ing to lose now.”

Par­lia­ment an­nounced the ac­tion to be taken against Steen­huisen and Shivambu in its an­nounce­ments, tablings and com­mit­tee re­ports doc­u­ment re­leased yes­ter­day.

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