Defiant Rajbansi rants against at DA ‘darkie’ leader Mchunu

2011-03-25 00:00

“A PHONY leader sitting here as an ornament on display to the outside world — because he is a darkie.” This was how Democratic Allliance KZN leader Sizwe Mchunu found himself described by Minority Front leader Amichand Rajbansi in the KZN Legislature yesterday.

The DA got a turn to wreak its own revenge later.

The humdrum presentation of the budget on the Premier’s Office was reduced to a shouting match as Rajbansi refused to sit down and continued his rant against the DA.

He told Mchunu he would not be the leader in the legislature because this was how the DA works. “They take the Indian vote but put a white in charge, he said.”

He continued through the DA’s interjections, calling Mchunu a twerp who could not debate with him. “Bring [Helen] Zille,” he said. Chairperson Sam Mtetwa called desperately for order. He admonished Rajbansi, repeatedly calling for the him to sit down.

Mtetwa eventually managed to get a word in and told Rajbansi he was out of order, that he had broken the rules and therefore lost his chance to continue with his speech.

DA caucus leader John Steenhuisen objected in terms of rule 64 of the legislature that the use of the word “darkie” is unparliamentary and unconstitutional. Rajbansi piped up, “Blade [Nzimande] used the word in national Parliament.”

In the afternoon during the debate on the royal household budget, Steenhuisen let rip. He noted that Rajbansi had left the house, calling him a hit-and-run politician who made wild statements and then left. He called Rajbansi the “Gaddaffi of the south”, asking when last the Minority Front had had an election for a leader. He reminded Rajbansi that the James Commission had found him unfit for public office. “MF does not stand for Minority Front but for ‘My Family’, which is the Rajbansi family,” he said.

Steenhuisen said the party was reduced to hysterical outbursts because “it lost its majority, lost its integrity and in this election it will lose votes”.

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