EFF claim laughable, desperate - ANC

Johannesburg - A claim that the ANC bused a group to Parliament to assault EFF MPs was "laughable and desperate", the governing party's Chief Whip Stone Sizani said on Wednesday.

"Such a claim can only be an invention of an overzealous imagination and an uncreative publicity strategy probably aimed at diverting attention from real acts of hooliganism that took place in Parliament [last] Thursday," he said in a statement.

"Mobilising supporters and MPs to cause chaos in the institution is a dirty modus operandi for which the EFF, not the ANC, is infamous and proud."

The public gallery of the National Council of Provinces was packed with ANC supporters on Wednesday afternoon as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answered questions in the House.

Sizani said for years the ANC had been encouraging the public to visit Parliament and observe proceedings.

"They have always done this peacefully."

Earlier, EFF spokesperson and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said his party had learnt the ANC was "mobilising hooligans" in the townships of Cape Town.

"The EFF has learned that they are loud-hailing across the townships, promising people free buses to go to Parliament and deal with the EFF," he said in a statement.

Ndlozi said this was a "clear plan" to disrupt Parliament and render its work dysfunctional.

"It means the ANC is planning to undermine the very Parliament that it claims to protect and respect."

Speaker Baleka Mbete on Tuesday said she was considering the suspension of EFF MPs after they disrupted President Jacob Zuma's question session in the National Assembly last week.

Last Thursday, in the most chaotic sitting of the post-apartheid legislature, they disrupted proceedings and chanted "pay back the money", referring to state spending on Zuma's Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Mbete adjourned the House for the day.

Chris May 2014/08/27 08:27:58 PM
Laughable? More lamentable than laughable.
Mr T. 2014/08/27 08:28:45 PM
This whole chaos in the country is coursed by Thulis hate to Jacob Zuma. I can bet that this is the fall of Thuli. After this position she will like cope, no where to be found.
Venicia Williams 2014/08/27 08:34:29 PM
Sizani, tell ur wife to repay all the money she pocketed from 'ghost teachers' and give it to EC pupils who are in need of it! EC is one of the poorest provinces and how dare she do that to them!
Drummond 2014/08/27 08:34:30 PM
I want to see the ANC and EFF come to blows. Its about time that the Butternut head was taken to task. I dont support violence unless there is no other option, but yes, the ANC has been wiping their ass on us for too long
Ash Simon Hlabangwane 2014/08/27 08:34:50 PM
@themba what hatred exactly... The chaos was caused by the president himself and his irresponsible ways.. The only thing the public protector has done is to expose the truth after all that's what her office is all about... I'm sure she will survive her legal credentials have nothing to do with a political post... It's a degree from a university not a political congress
Andrew MacDonald 2014/08/27 08:52:04 PM
If they say they didnt do it they lie. After all stone is married to a thief so he clearly has no idea of what is going on.
JohnDe 2014/08/27 08:52:26 PM
Again, this ANC of today are the new laughing examples of SA history. Mr Nkandla has caused significant harm to our SA democracy and in all domains. However, JZ (and his ANC of the day) will atone for this Nkandla thievery, amongst all other indiscretions.
Rodgers Mabasa 2014/08/27 08:56:55 PM
Soon other parties will follow suit and ANC is going to cry foul. Imagine Inkatha and EFF supporters in parliament with ANC supporters.
Robinne Southwell 2014/08/27 09:05:40 PM
As the EFF are former ANC members they should know how the ANC operate. Pay back the money Zuma !
Rofhiwa Ronald 2014/08/27 09:13:36 PM
Its so amazing how ANC come to their desparate measures of mobilizing their hooligans to assault the EFF members .EFF mp's are fighting for wat even a blind folded man can see its r8 OUR MONEY . pity for u ANC hooligans .