Sisulu withdraws 'flea-infested' comment

2013-03-01 09:01
Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. (File, Beeld)

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. (File, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has withdrawn a remark she made last year about DA MP David Maynier after it was found to be unparliamentary, according to a report on Friday.

The Star reported that the comment was made during a row over executive chartered jet flights that Sisulu took while she was defence minister.

Despite persistence from Maynier, Sisulu had told him to "keep his flea-infested body at peace and sit down".

Speaker Max Sisulu ruled that her remark was unparliamentary and should be withdrawn.

On Thursday, Lindiwe Sisulu made several attempts at withdrawing the remark.

The Star reported that at first she said the "apt-description" was withdrawn, then she said she was withdrawing what "at that point I thought was an apt description of the manic behaviour".

Eventually she gave in and said: "I withdraw."

Afterwards, a row broke out over whether she had made a mockery of Parliament and whether what she had said while withdrawing her remark was also unparliamentary.

The minister urged the speaker to study her remarks and rule again.

Read more on:    da  |  david maynier  |  max sisulu  |  lindiwe sisulu  |  parliament 2013

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Chocolate can be fatal for dogs

Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine that is similar to caffeine and is toxic to dogs at certain levels.



Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Watch: Proof animals have souls
Would you clone your pet?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.