Only call me madam if I have run a brothel - Cope MP

2016-02-17 15:57
Parliament in Cape Town.  (Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath, News24)

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Cape Town – "I am not a madam, I do not run brothels," Cope MP Deirdre Carter quipped on Wednesday, when objecting to the term used by the ANC's chief whip.

The second day of the State of the Nation address debate started off with a bang, after Carter insisted that she not be called a "madam".

ANC chief whip, Stone Sizani, referred to her as "Madam Carter" while raising a point of order.

A riled Carter called for Sizani to withdraw the comment, as she had “not run any brothels" in her life.

"It is not honourable, it is someone who runs a brothel," she said.

"In that case, I won't withdraw," Sizani replied.

Sizani later reluctantly withdrew the comment, after Carter called on Speaker Baleka Mbete to intervene.

Another MP then questioned if this meant all MPs should stop referring to Mbete as Madam Speaker.

"I thought a madam is a very honourable word. I’m very happy to be called Madam Speaker," Mbete said.

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