'Pay back the money,' chant EFF MPs - As it happened

2015-06-18 15:30

Get all the details from President Jacob Zuma's Q&A session in Parliament which turned into a verbal battle between the EFF and National Speaker Baleka Mbete.

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18 Jun 17:52
So that's it for updates. News24 will have a full report on what happened on Thursday soon.

18 Jun 17:50
Media briefing adjourned.

18 Jun 17:49
Mbete: finding dates in the President's diary (when he's free for Q&A at Parliament) is not smooth sailing.

18 Jun 17:45
Mbete: We are in the process of reviewing the rules. All of us, all political parties...

18 Jun 17:39
Calling the sergeant at arms is not calling the police. I didn't consider calling the police to throw people out. - Mbete

18 Jun 17:33
Thandi Modise: Speaker was correct to let the whips deliberate and find solution.

18 Jun 17:30
Mbete: The fact of the matter is that the authority of the National Assembly vests with the Speaker of the National Assembly.

18 Jun 17:27
"Referees bias is no excuse not to play by rules. Even if you have the hand of God." - Tsenoli

18 Jun 17:24
DA statement: For South Africa to work, Parliament must work. For Parliament to work, the President must be held accountable.

18 Jun 17:18
"I did call the sergeant of arms. She made an effort to implement her part, in helping us to deal with his matter" - Mbete

18 Jun 17:04
Mbete: A long time was taken so that Chief Whips could consult on a way forward.. At the end of that they reported how they felt.

18 Jun 17:02
Mbete now addressing media. She gives a brief about what happened. The EFF rolled out a surprise plan of disrupting the sitting, she says.

18 Jun 17:00
Media briefing now by presiding officers after what happened earlier.

18 Jun 16:36
And again, Parliament adjourns.

18 Jun 16:35
Absolute chaos in the Assembly again.

18 Jun 16:34
DA Whip Steenhuizen: Madam Speaker, are you in control of the house?

18 Jun 16:33
Mbete again says some determined not to play by the rules, says "we can't go on like this" and wants to adjourn house. DA disagrees with adjourning the house.

18 Jun 16:30
And now EFF MPs break out into chants of "pay back the money".

18 Jun 16:29
Mbete says there are some MPs who are determined to block proceedings. And then she's interrupted.

18 Jun 16:26

Another MP now offers to "assist" Mbete but she's refusing the offer.

Chaos in the House. Again.


18 Jun 16:24
Mbete tells EFF MP Sonti if she doesn't take her seat, she will have to leave the House.

18 Jun 16:23
Mbete: We have been processing the issue of the questions that are on the question paper and we'll proceed.

18 Jun 16:20
Malema: Whether you vote or not, we’re going to ask the President the same question. We’re not voting cattle. We’re here to debate.

18 Jun 16:16
Malema: You’re shaking your head Speaker before I even finish speaking. You’re the one collapsing the house.

18 Jun 16:05
Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota: When Public Protector said he should pay he should have done it.

18 Jun 15:59
We need clarity on when Zuma will pay back the money - Shivambu.

18 Jun 15:58
The EFF's Floyd Shivambu (mumbling):  The founding principle of SA democracy is separation of powers. We’ve made observations that the ANC is steamrolling this Parliament. We want clear programme on when Zuma will pay back the money.

18 Jun 15:55
The DA's John Steenhuizen says Parliament remains one of the few institutions not captured by the state. We want Zuma to pay back the money but it is only Zuma and the executive who benefit when this House collapses, he says.

18 Jun 15:54

ANC Deputy Chief Whip Doris Dlakude says "parties agreed to continue with proceedings, except the EFF who have their own demands."

She says Nkandla remains a "burning issue" but it will be put aside to deal with other matters.


18 Jun 15:53
Mbete allows partys whips to report on their consultations.

18 Jun 15:53
And they're back.

18 Jun 15:44
ANC MPs are filtering back now, 90 minutes after Parliament adjourned.

18 Jun 15:40

18 Jun 15:22
Actually it appears to just be DA and EFF MPs in the Assembly, no ANC MPs.

18 Jun 15:09
It looks as if MPs are coming back into the House.

18 Jun 15:08
The DA's shadow minister of communications makes his feelings clear on what happened earlier.

18 Jun 14:40

18 Jun 14:19

18 Jun 14:17
Chief Whips now meeting - session adjourned for a few minutes.

18 Jun 14:17
Mbete wants to suspend proceedings while the Chief Whips meet in the Secretary's Office.

18 Jun 14:16

18 Jun 14:14
Khawula: The things we’re asking were not asked by the EFF. They were asked by the Public Protector. He must answer the question.

18 Jun 14:11
You can't tell me to sit down! yells Julius Malema. There's nothing special about you, he angrily tells the ANC's Stone Sizani.

18 Jun 14:10

I'm not going to allow you people from the EFF to have these kinds of disruptions, says Mbete trying to remain calm. 

But more EFF MPs demand to know when Zuma will "pay back the money".

Now the ANC's Stone Sizani is on his feet.


18 Jun 14:08
And already, the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is demanding answers on Nkandla and Mbete is trying to shut him down. She won't recognise him.

18 Jun 14:07
EFF MP starts with: We don't see anything on paper about Nkandla, we want to know when is he going to pay back the money.

18 Jun 14:06
First question from ANC relates to how Govt aims to ensure that South Africans embrace the Freedom Charter.

18 Jun 14:05
Speaker Baleka Mbete: The only item on today's agenda is questions addressed to the President.

18 Jun 14:03
MPs stand then take seats. EFF MPs are there in their red  worksuits.

18 Jun 14:02
MPs have started taking their places as the session is set to begin.

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