The House carries on after stun grenades, protests

2015-11-11 21:09
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - The National Assembly sat as expected on Wednesday afternoon hours after stun grenades boomed in the precinct to keep protesting Parliament staff out.

They had threatened to disrupt proceedings if their demands were not met by 14:00 and as they gathered on the steps of the National Council of Provinces building ahead of the deadline, the police advanced. Protesters were expected to return on Thursday.

EFF MP Floyd Shivambu tried to have the sitting postponed, but some MPs wanted to carry on working.
ANC MP Doris Dlakude said they had received assurances from National Education and Health Workers Union (Nehawu) protesters that they would not disrupt Wednesday's proceedings.

On Tuesday employees had protested outside the House, singing and blowing vuvuzelas in the foyer and corridors.

But on Wednesday a few minutes before the sitting, Nehawu chairperson in parliament Sthembiso Tembe told workers to go home, wash their T-shirts, and return early on Thursday.

Parliament had revived an old interdict preventing the protest, but Nehawu was also applying for its own interdict against the police action.

DA MP Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said South Africa was in the middle of its biggest crisis in 10 years with a drought and unemployment and felt business should go ahead.

He added that it would not be right for politicians to inject themselves into an industrial process.
After listening to MPs say work must carry on, Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli ordered that the business of the day proceed.

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