Zuma lashes out at unruly MPs

2016-02-18 15:38
President Jacob Zuma (File, Beeld)

President Jacob Zuma (File, Beeld)

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Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma has lashed out at unruly Members of Parliament, saying they are damaging the image of the country.

Referring to the various disruptions during his State of the Nation address and the debate, Zuma said it was important for MPs to remember they were in Parliament to serve those who voted for them.

He said how leaders conducted themselves was important, and thousands of South Africans were interested in hearing how their problems were being solved.

“I think we should change, we are not doing any good for our voters. We have to think about the people who sent us here, what do they learn from us,” he said.

He said by disrespecting presiding officers, members were disrespecting other MPs as well.

Zuma pleaded for the MPs to disagree with respect, as the disruptions were affecting Parliament’s image in the country and abroad.

“I believe when we say 'honourable members' we mean it. We can’t call ourselves honourable but behave dishonourably . It is not helping image of country,” he said.

He said people’s understanding of South Africa changed when they saw the disruption.

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