Fist fights in Parliament not in anyone's interest - Lekota

2016-05-18 18:08
Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - Cope leader Mosioua Lekota says it is not in anyone’s best interest to have fist fights in the National Assembly.

"In our view, it is not in the best interest of anybody to have the kind of violent clashes as what we saw in the House, while we have not exhausted legal processes that can help resolve this issue once and for all," he said.

He was referring to violent scenes in Parliament on Tuesday when EFF members were removed from the chamber.

Lekota said the best way to deal with the current situation in Parliament was to have the Constitutional Court give clarity on the judgment handed down that President Jacob Zuma had broken his oath of office.

"We did point out that the decision of the ConCourt had a certain meaning, that in our view the president has broken the law. The ruling party has decided to second guess that and suggested he hasn’t.

"Our position is that the only way to deal with it, without risking being in contempt of court, is to ask the ConCourt to eliminate that doubt as to what the meaning of the judgment is, and we are busy working towards that," he said.

Lekota said his party would not risk breaking its oath of office by participating in the National Assembly, as sittings were in contempt of court.

"We will not risk breaking our oath of office because if you break your oath of office, you break it once and it’s for life. We will not risk that by going into proceedings which clearly are in contempt of court," said Lekota.

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