Rules review may follow House dis­rup­tion


ALL EYES are on Par­lia­ment to in­di­cate what ac­tion will be taken against the EFF fol­low­ing the hour-long dis­rup­tion of the joint sit­ting yes­ter­day dur­ing the open­ing of the House.

This comes as Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Thandi Modise has been asked to review Par­lia­ment’s rules on how to deal with dis­rup­tions going for­ward.

It has been sug­gested that the salaries of MPS who con­tra­vene leg­is­la­tion be docked.

Af­ter mak­ing sev­eral ob­jec­tions dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings of the State of the Na­tion ad­dress, the EFF staged a walk­out from the na­tional leg­is­la­ture.

The drama be­gan when EFF leader Julius Malema stood up be­fore Modise and called on Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to ad­dress the sit­ting.

Malema said it had been a wrong de­ci­sion by Par­lia­ment to in­vite for­mer pres­i­dent FW De Klerk, who he called a mur­derer who had blood on his hands.

“It is an in­sult to those who died and were tor­tured in Vlak­plaas to have De Klerk in a demo­cratic Par­lia­ment and there­fore I re­quest that you ask De Klerk to leave,” he said.

He added: “The com­man­der of Vlak­plaas, the apartheid apol­o­gist, a man with blood on his hands, has to leave Par­lia­ment be­cause he does not be­long here.”

Modise said it was con­ven­tion that for­mer pres­i­dents be in­vited to the joint sit­ting.

“For­mer pres­i­dent De Klerk has been in­vited for that. I can’t sus­tain your sub­mis­sion and there­fore rule it out of order,” she said.

The EFF’S Floyd Shivambu and Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi in­sisted that it had been wrong to in­vite De Klerk, but Modise ruled them out of order.

“May I tell this House the pres­ence of the for­mer pres­i­dent is proper. We have done it in terms of the rules,” she said, de­spite calls by Malema that the mat­ter be put to a vote.

When Ramaphosa took the podium the EFF’S Vuyani Pambo raised a point of order, call­ing for an ad­journ­ment to al­low the pres­i­dent to make an an­nounce­ment out­side that he was fir­ing Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han – who was seated in the House.

His col­leagues erupted in uni­son, say­ing “Pravin must go”.

Re­quests by Na­tional Council of Prov­inces chair­per­son Amos Ma­sondo to al­low the process to con­tinue fell on deaf ears.

This was fol­lowed by points of order which lasted for about an hour, un­til Modise ad­journed pro­ceed­ings.

| REUTERS Su­maya Hisham

MEM­BERS of the EFF ob­ject as Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa at­tempts to de­liver his State of the Na­tion ad­dress in Par­lia­ment last night.

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