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Contingency plan for Parly disruptions

2014-08-26 11:38

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.

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