ANC and EFF play blame game over ‘hooligans’ in Parliament

2014-08-27 21:18

The EFF maintains that the ANC organised “hooligans” to attack its MPs outside Parliament despite the ANC chief whip denying this.

“When the EFF released a statement this morning, the ANC, through its chief whip’s office, said the EFF is ‘imagining things, and this is a figment of their imagination,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi today.

“Yet later today members of the ANC were reportedly singing ‘shoot Malema’ in scores outside parliament demanding to be allowed into the chambers.”

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani earlier said claims that the ANC bussed a group to Parliament to assault EFF MPs was “laughable and desperate”.

“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.

“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 this 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,” he said.

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