Cops will haul MPs out again if instructed

2014-11-18 00:00

CAPE TOWN — After last week’s drama in Parliament when the Public Order Policing Unit hauled EFF MPs out of the National Assembly, the police said yesterday they will act again if called to do so.

The DA is meanwhile going to ask Parliament’s oversight committee for a full investigation of the circumstances in which the unit was called in last Thursday. DA chief whip John Steenhuisen has also asked for an all-party committee to be set up to investigate the actions of the security forces in Parliament.

National police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said yesterday he did know what would happen today and did not want to prejudge anything, but if police were summoned, they would act.

Questions still hung over Parliament’s security arrangements yesterday on the eve of the release today of a report into the actions of 20 EFF MPs on August 20.

Opposition party members who participated in the disciplinary hearing will release an alternative report into the hearing and its outcome.

The EFF was playing its cards close to the chest over how it would handle the release of the report. The EFF MPs, including leader Julius Malema, could be suspended without pay.

Meanwhile, a war of words broke out yesterday after the DA laid three charges of assault against the police and one against Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana following last Thursday’s clashes in the Assembly.

ANC caucus spokesperson Moloto Mothapo accused the DA of “opportunism” and said some DA MPs assaulted police and should also be charged.

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