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