Debate on unruly EFF MPs to resume
TENSION in Parliament is expected to heighten during the special sitting tomorrow when parties debate the powers and privileges committee report to punish 20 EFF MPs for disrupting the chamber months ago.
This follows confirmation by all sides that the peace deal between the state and opposition parties is off.
Parliament confirmed yesterday that the police would be performing their duties in the precinct, but the order of the business of Parliament was in the hands of parties.
Speaker Baleka Mbete has called the sitting to complete last week’s business.
More trouble is expected in the sitting tomorrow when the House adopts the report.
Mbete said the sitting would have to conclude the business that was supposed to have been finalised last week because of inter-party squabbles.
The burning issue for Parliament is the report of the powers and privileges committee to penalise the 20 EFF MPs for disrupting proceedings in August.
The report was one of the sticking points in the deal struck by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and opposition parties.
Tension due to rise as Parliament decides sentence
As part of the deal, sentences imposed on EFF MPs were held in abeyance until the stalemate on the running of Parliament has been resolved.
But since the deal collapsed last week, and confirmed on Monday in Joburg by both Ramaphosa and the opposition, the charges against the EFF members have been reinstated.
The ANC has already indicated that some of the parties were intent on not finding a solution to the problems in Parliament, but want to see the disruption of proceedings no matter what happens.
Parliament spokesman Luzuko Jacobs said tomorrow’s sitting would go head as planned.
“For Parliament to conduct its work successfully, it’s not the duty of the security services. It is the responsibility of the parties themselves.”
This could be done through the conduct of all parties by sticking to the rules of Parliament and maintaining the decorum of the House.
While the police would be present in Parliament, the parties would have to play their role of respecting the rules of the House, said Jacobs.
Meanwhile, the Presidency and ANC have denied that President Jacob Zuma has refused to answer questions in Parliament. They said the president had made five appearances in Parliament this year.
Ramaphosa insisted in his oral reply in the National Assembly last Wednesday that Zuma would come to Parliament only if there was a good and conducive climate. “SHUT up, puppets!”
The epithets were being flung the DA’s way because its members had dared to disagree with the unruly and rowdy behaviour of EFF members in the Gauteng legislature.
The EFF’s members yesterday continued to cause chaos in the legislature and openly refused to obey instructions from Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe.
Last week, EFF members – particularly Mandisa Mashego and Patrick Sindane – launched attacks on two MECs, Jacob Mamabolo and Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.
Mashego later went on to attack ANC chief whip Brian
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