EFF 'must be given war' - ANCYL

2016-05-18 14:38
ANC Youth League president Collen Maine (Amanda Khoza, News24)

ANC Youth League president Collen Maine (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Johannesburg - The time has come for the ANC in Parliament to rise to the occasion and give the EFF "war", ANC Youth League leader Collen Maine said on Wednesday.

"If they want a fight, they must be given war," he told News24 following the fracas during the removal of EFF MPs by Parliament's protection staff on Tuesday.

When asked if he meant this literally, Maine said "yes", because the EFF were doing it literally.

Maine called on the ANC bench in Parliament to "rise and approach those people".

"The ANC must use our majority in Parliament to do what Parliament’s protection services are doing, [but] better."

News24 asked Maine again to clarify whether he meant that ANC MPs should physically approach the EFF like the protection staff do.

'No monopoly over anarchy'

He responded: "Yes, just do that once and for all. We do that one time so we can put an end to those shenanigans."

The ANC had to show the EFF who they were, he said.

"Julius and his people must know no one has monopoly on anarchy. Actually we can be more [anarchic] than him."

Maine said the ANC had to stop this behaviour once and for all and that the ANCYL would start bringing supporters to every sitting of Parliament.

"From now on, every sitting of Parliament, the ANCYL is getting in and we will respond accordingly from there in the gallery."

At the start of a question-and-answer session with President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, the EFF stood up to demand an explanation as to why Parliament had not instituted a disciplinary hearing against the president following the Constitutional Court's Nkandla judgment.

EFF banned

When Speaker Baleka Mbete said the matter had already been dealt with, loud verbal exchanges between EFF MPs and Mbete followed. Mbete asked the EFF MPs to sit down so that the day's proceedings could get underway and she added that she would not be taking any more points of order from the EFF.

The EFF MPs objected to this and Parliament's protection officers descended on the opposition party to push them out of the chamber.

Some of the MPs resisted and water bottles and helmets flew. At the same time, a group of EFF supporters ran down from the public gallery to support their leaders. The whole group was pushed out of the building.

A glass door at the entrance to the Old Assembly was cracked and a fire extinguisher was discharged.

The EFF MPs have been banned from the House and the precinct for five days.

Parliament said it had laid charges of damage to property.

Read more on:    anc  |  eff  |  ancyl  |  baleka mbete  |  collen maine  |  politics  |  parliament 2016

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