EFF's Khawula demands to be addressed in Zulu

2016-02-11 20:31

Johannesburg - EFF MP Makoti Khawula on Thursday called on NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise to speak to her in a language that she understood, explaining that she did not understand when addressed in English. 

Speaking in isiXhosa, Khawula had stood up in Parliament and questioned why Zuma had not apologised for his wrongdoings ahead of delivering the State of the Nation Address. 

"Chairperson, I beg, we are not here to play. Please listen to us. First of all our president has not apologised about what he did," Khaula said.

She was referring to Zuma finally agreeing to pay back some of the money which had gone into upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

Zuma has for the last two years maintained that he would not pay back the money. He, however, changed his tune earlier this week and said he would pay back some of the money.

Speaking in English, Modise ordered Khawula to take her seat. 

Khawula, however, responded by saying she did not understand what Modise was saying as she only spoke vernacular languages. 

"I can't hear what you are saying. I speak isiZulu," she said. 

Modise replied that she would be thrown out of the House if she did not take her seat. 

Khawula responded by saying she still did not understand Modise.

I am a Zulu from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). I voted in 1994. They told us to speak our own language, please speak to me in isiZulu," she said. 

Modise gave into Khawula's demands. Speaking in Zulu, she ordered the EFF MP to sit down.

"That's more like it," Khaula replied. 

The EFF was, however, later thrown out of the National Assembly as they repeatedly disrupted Zuma's speech, demanding clarity on the rules of the House. 

The group chanted "Zupta must fall" as they left the house - referring to Zuma and the Gupta family, who own several companies, including television news channel ANN7 and newspaper, The New Age. 

The EFF has criticised Zuma's relationship with the Gupta family. 

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