Steen­huisen, Malema refuse to with­draw in­sults

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

Par­lia­ment - Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) chief whip John Steen­huisen were or­dered out of the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Wed­nes­day af­ter both re­fused to with­draw in­sults they hurled at each other on Tues­day.

House chair­woman Thoko Didiza told Steen­huisen to re­tract the words "VBS bank loot­ers" which he di­rected at Malema and his deputy, Floyd Shivambu, in ref­er­ence to al­le­ga­tions that they shared in the spoils of the scam that robbed the bank of nearly R2 bil­lion.

Steen­huisen said he would not be­cause her rul­ing was in­con­sis­tent with pre­vi­ous rul­ings by other pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers.

Didiza told him to leave the cham­ber, then pro­ceeded to rule that Malema had bro­ken the rules with a racist slur by call­ing Steen­huisen a "white boy". She also ruled out of or­der his fur­ther re­mark that Steen­huisen ac­cused of rape.

Malema re­sponded by re­it­er­at­ing his first re­mark and was told to leave.

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