Contingency plan for Parly disruptions

Cape Town - A contingency plan will be put in place to deal with any chaotic disruptions to parliamentary proceedings, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday.

"The JCPS cluster wants to make it clear that the authority of the state shall not be undermined, neither will the authority of Parliament be undermined," she told reporters at Parliament during a briefing by the justice, crime prevention, and security cluster.

"Certain measures by the security cluster have been put in place with immediate effect to ensure that never occurs again."

She condemned the action of Economic Freedom Fighters' MPs who disrupted proceedings in the National Assembly on Thursday while President Jacob Zuma was answering questions.

Speaker Baleka Mbete instructed EFF leader Julius Malema and his fellow MPs to leave the House.

Malema was not happy with how Zuma had answered questions on when he was going to repay part of the R246m spent on security upgrades to his private Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had recommended in her report on Nkandla, titled "Secure in Comfort", that Zuma repay that part of the money not spent on security measures, like the swimming pool and cattle kraal.

Siegfried Walther 2014-08-26 11:41:56 AM
2014 Speaker introduces "EXTRAORDINARY" measures silence the EFF! 1985 Adolf "PW" Botha introduces "EMERGENCY" regulations to silence the UDF. Problem: The use of the force of law to silence political opposition is usually an exercise in futility. Now....answer the question please, Mr President
Kobus Hattingh 2014-08-26 11:42:04 AM
None of this would be necessary if it was not for the ANC politicians constantly helping themselves from the cookie jar.
Eckhart Piprek 2014-08-26 11:44:26 AM
Zuma, just answer the questions put to you.
Nzwandile Gadlela Zwaizo 2014-08-26 11:44:51 AM
Malema did nohing wrong but he just reaped what mandosela said to zuma pay back some of the money.the only man that is undermining our constitution is Zuma.
Lefu Jacob 2014-08-26 11:48:41 AM
Listen to this puppet of zuma, so called number 1 fail to answer a simple Q? measures for what idiot? to protect zuma and his cadres?
Hi-Fi 2014-08-26 11:49:53 AM
It will be very interesting to see how things play out. Looking at the situation, this is exactly the sort of thing brought on by the Nats.
Nick Bozman 2014-08-26 11:49:59 AM
What on earth is the defence minister got to do with this ? are they going to send one of our new warships/subs or a new fighter jet and say well that will teach the EFF? The whole thing is a joke-but that is the ANC.
Bruce Meaker 2014-08-26 11:51:14 AM
There is nothing wrong with the question, just the way it was put across but the EFF does not respect any norms of etiquette or rules. Like everything else in this country, there are laws and rules but they are not adhered to, least of all by the ANC. Time for zero tolerance.
Mashai Joannes 2014-08-26 11:51:25 AM
That's why I didn't bother voting for these clowns.they get too intoxicated by power handed to them on a silver platter and forget who put them where they are now.if zuma had answered the question in a direct and respectful way none of those incedents would hv happened.answer questions and stop concealing behind decorum and regulations.
Nceba Mbane 2014-08-26 11:51:27 AM
So now MPs who do not tow the ANC line will be shot by police or soldiers? This is not a security problem, but one of accountability, both for the speaker and the president. The president must answer questions clearly and openly and not just laugh away questions. And the speaker must know that she is a speaker of the house not the protector of ANC thieving and incompetence. She is not there to protect Zuma but to protect rules, meaning when Zuma obfuscate she is the one who must reprimand him and order him to respond appropriately long before the EFF rabble rousers act like they did on Thursday. So the solution is not contingency plans by police but both speaker and president obeying the constitution.