Parliament mayhem a sad day for SA - DA

Cape Town - The DA has called the mayhem in Parliament on Thursday a "sad day for the state of democracy in our country".

EFF MPs refused to leave the National Assembly after Speaker Baleka Mbete ordered them out because they were "not serious" about proceedings. Long after being ordered out they were still sitting in their benches chanting and singing.

They had disrupted proceedings while President Jacob Zuma was answering questions about his Nkandla homestead.

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimani said in a statement the speaker failed by not insisting that the President answer the question which the EFF rightfully put to him in terms of the rules.

"The Speaker acted with haste and unduly summoned the Sergeant at Arms to expel the Economic Freedom Fighters from proceedings in the House and ultimately called in the heavily armed riot police."

He added that the Sergeant at Arms’ inability to effectively address the "antics" within the House, was a cause for great concern.

"Members of the EFF failed, equally, by not respecting the proceedings of the House and removed Parliament’s opportunity to hold the President to account," Maimane said.

"There must be consequences for both of these failures which the DA will pursue.

"The true loss today (Thursday) was suffered by the people of South Africa who did not get answers from the President, to which they were rightfully entitled."

Maimane said the DA would now urgently meet with the speaker so that she commits to a rescheduling of oral question time with the President to continue the vital work which was interrupted.

Made-In SA 2014/08/21 07:08:35 PM
The DA asked that the motion establishing the ad hoc committee must specifically include in the terms of reference that the PP report must be included.The ANC said it is not necessary,the EFF voted with them on that.
Shaun Cousins 2014/08/21 07:09:05 PM
African National Comedy Central
Kwaaitjie Kabouter 2014/08/21 07:16:47 PM
Forget Westminster politics in Africa. The only politics that the ANC understands is confrontational and protest politics. The sooner we white people learn this the better. That is why Solidarity and civil rights organisations like Afriforum are so effective, they think beyond Westminster.
Bongstar Msimango 2014/08/21 07:18:26 PM
Im not surprised by the actions of the speaker, says a lot about whose side she's on. The parliament or zuma
Richard Browne 2014/08/21 07:18:51 PM
Wayne Davies931 2014/08/21 07:19:05 PM
This is not a sad day for Democracy. The ANC wanted freedom for their own, now they've got it and look how they run and hide. COWARDS. The people want answers, the people deserve answers and ZUMA will begin to reap what he has sewn. He is and will always be a criminal. The EFF, may just be what our democracy needs, actions will always speak louder than words. Enough talk, time to act. Pretty soon the ANC will replace Apartheid with Anarchy.
Tess Tessie 2014/08/21 07:20:07 PM
DA should be as assertive as Malema. Enough of Zuma dodging questions. Enough of ANC spin doctors, president spokesman, committees. Enough of all this 'honourable' stuff. We dread Malema being president. If Only the DA would stop being so nice and tolerant of our deeply flawed government They would be sure of getting the majority vote.
Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto 2014/08/21 07:21:56 PM
No wonder why Zuma got away with murder, u wud bliv tht DA is funded by ANC
Tituz Van der Thiba 2014/08/21 07:23:03 PM
Asjiki# the inequality in this country is sky high...lower class keeps wiping the high class asses when will this end
Ditshego Nale 2014/08/21 07:25:17 PM
Someone need to teach EFF the value of time and the importance of a productive day in parliament