EFF brought Parliament into disrepute - govt

Cape Town - The EFF's disruption of proceedings in the National Assembly on Thursday was tantamount to bringing Parliament into disrepute, the government said in a statement on Friday.

Acting government communication and information service CEO Phumla Williams said: "Yesterday’s [Thursday] militant confrontation and attitude between MPs and supporters of political parties were not in the best interest of the country and were futile.

"It was a display of anarchy and was not democratic. This is not a culture that we want to portray in Parliament or in any other institution or platform."

Williams was responding to the disruption of questions to President Jacob Zuma.


Tensions rose after Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema objected to Zuma's reply to a question about when he was going to repay part of the money spent on the R246m security upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete ordered the red overall-clad MPs out because they were "not serious" about proceedings.

But the MPs refused to leave, continuing to chant and shout slogans, forcing Mbete to adjourn proceedings.

"The parliamentary platform, which is made up of proportional representation through the polls, is for the use of all political representatives and yesterday’s [Thursday] offence actually deprived South Africans from interacting with President Jacob Zuma through their elected representatives," said Williams.

Government supported a robust democracy, including questions to the executive, but insisted this should be done in a dignified manner.


"Parliament is one of many platforms that can be utilised to address or raise any concerns," she said.

"However, we are all reminded that every institution has rules and protocols that need to be adhered to."

The National Freedom Party on Friday joined the government in criticising the disruption to parliamentary proceedings.

"The NFP condemns the disruption of Parliament and the party is worried about the fact that the dignity of the House is undermined," said chief whip Nhlanhla Khubisa.

"The NFP is also worried about the fact that Parliament's safety measures are not strong enough in the National Assembly and that unbecoming and unruly activities in the House might spill over into communities."

Kobus Hattingh 2014/08/22 05:44:25 PM
We all know its reputation already. Simply a rubberstamp stopover for whatever the ANC wants whilst the opposition barks softly in the corners.
John Greystoke 2014/08/22 05:48:08 PM
Zuma and his cronies also brought Parliament in disrepute!
Bone Thug 2014/08/22 05:52:05 PM
Fair enough.Now what they going to do about it? My guess, nutting! !! Windbag.
Bruwer 2014/08/22 05:52:45 PM
What about the anc in Cape Town , when they jumped and dance when they did not agree with the DA
Khuliso Mutsha 2014/08/22 05:54:23 PM
The question is what next? What will you do about it? what will this government do, the answer is NOTHING.
Solomon Repeant 2014/08/22 05:54:56 PM
Thats what i hate about politics taking a person who is not educated and make him a public figure..all they know is strike
Skosana Mafika 2014/08/22 05:55:23 PM
The NFP is the ANC's lapdog,i am not surprised
Glenn Owen Watkins 2014/08/22 05:57:58 PM
Politics in general brings the country into disrepute, some parties more than others granted, but we are a circus to the rest of the world, and nobody wins in the end, we all loose. This is not the legacy i had in mind leaving behind for the forthcoming generations to clean up, we should be ashamed, i know our proceeding generations will be.
Prince Ramalia 2014/08/22 05:58:14 PM
wrong, Zuma had brought south Africa in disrepute
Bucho Lecious Tladi 2014/08/22 05:59:15 PM
Corruption is corruption,Zuma is corruption.So he must be confronted inside the HOUSE were we can hear n see,not in biase meetings of commities.We want our money,he must use his salary n pension like us to build his houses.Or he must take payslip n copy of id to the loan sharks.Moer.