EFF MPL kicked out

2015-05-27 06:00
FOLLOWING a war of words last Thursday in the Free State Legislature when premier Ace Magashule answered questions from the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the EFF has now threatened to take the legislature speaker, Mamiki Qabathe (pictur

FOLLOWING a war of words last Thursday in the Free State Legislature when premier Ace Magashule answered questions from the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the EFF has now threatened to take the legislature speaker, Mamiki Qabathe (pictur

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THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has threatened to take the speaker of the Free State Legislature, Mamiki Qabathe, to court after she kicked out an EFF MPL from legislature for wearing red overalls.

EFF provincial chairperson, Khotso Morapela, said the party was taking Qabathe to court for booting out EFF MPL William Tshabalala on Thursday (21/05) morning.

On Thursday Qabathe adjourned the house and requested the sergeant at arms to escort Tshabalala from the house because he was not dressed like an “honourable member” of the legislature.

The chaotic sitting saw members of the legislature hurl insults at one another over Tshabalala’s dress code.

Tshabalala was wearing his traditional party red overalls, without the party emblem.

Morapela told journalists the party would not be intimidated by Qabathe for wearing red overalls.

“The EFF wants to set the record straight that no amount of intimidation and bullying will deter our members from wearing workers’ clothes because that is whom we represent. We will never allow anyone, including the speaker, to remove us in the sitting because of our attire and force us to wear the elite’s clothes,” said Morapela.

Morapela said Qabathe’s actions had been initiated to cause confusion and chaos in the legislature to deflect from the oral questions posed to Premier Ace Magashule and his cabinet.

“The speaker deliberately caused chaos to avoid answering difficult questions from members of the opposition, in particular the EFF,” Morapela stated.

Mandisa Makhesini, the EFF provincial secretary, said the party had been denied the opportunity to ask Magashule why Lesedi FM presenter Thuso Motaung was also employed by the premier’s office.

Makhesini alleged that Motaung was also using state vehicles for private matters.

Free State legislature spokesperson Life Mokone could not be reached for comment

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