Deputy Speaker cau­tions House after Sisulu ‘flips a Floyd’ at DA

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DEPUTY Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly Lechesa Tsenoli again warned MPs to de­sist from mak­ing hand ges­tures, after Hu­man Set­tle­ments Min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu was caught ges­tur­ing with her mid­dle fin­ger yes­ter­day.

DA MP David Maynier was mov­ing a mo­tion, when sev­eral ANC MPs started mak­ing ges­tures with their hands and bod­ies.

DA chief whip John Steen­huisen rose on a point of or­der, telling the House that Sisulu had “flipped a Floyd”.

This was in ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to the Septem­ber sit­ting of the House in which EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu did the same at Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

“It’s un­par­lia­men­tary. She must with­draw,” Steen­huisen said.

Sisulu then stood, ad­mit­ting she had used the ges­ture.

“I have seen them (op­po­si­tion party mem­bers) us­ing the mid­dle fin­ger. I am just fol­low­ing them,” Sisulu said.

Tsenoli said he did not see Sisulu do this, but warned: “Hon­ourable mem­bers, can we be care­ful when us­ing ges­tures?”

Shivambu un­con­di­tion­ally apol­o­gised for us­ing the ges­ture at Ramaphosa after be­ing booted from the House for call­ing the deputy pres­i­dent a “mur­derer” over the Marikana killings. – Sapa

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