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