ANC withdraws Mazibuko weight remark

2013-06-18 19:19
Parliament (Dan Calderwood, News24)

Parliament (Dan Calderwood, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Senior ANC MP John Jeffery formally withdrew his controversial remark about DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko's weight, and apologised to her on Tuesday.

He did so after Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo ruled emphatically that the comment was unparliamentary.

"In the past, many rulings were made on remarks regarding members' physical appearance, and these have always been found to be insensitive, offensive and a violation of a member's dignity," she said.

"I have no intention to depart from this precedent, and I accordingly find that remark not only insensitive, but unparliamentary. It is indeed the responsibility of every one of us to ensure that we exercise the right to freedom of speech in a considerate and responsible manner."

Jeffery then rose and said: "I withdraw, and I would also like to take the opportunity to apologise. The statement was not intended to be sexist."

Last week, during the debate on the presidency's budget vote, Jeffery said: "While the honourable Mazibuko may be a person of substantial weight, her stature is questionable."

The DA subsequently called on ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga to discipline Jeffery, and fellow ANC MP Buti Manamela, who had criticised Mazibuko's dress.

The ANC said Jeffery would withdraw his remark, but that Manamela would not be ordered to do the same as the party agreed she was dressed inappropriately.

Mfeketo's ruling came after Speaker Max Sisulu ruled other recent remarks describing MPs as racist, "clowns" and "darkies" out of order, and appealed to members to choose their words carefully.

"Remarks of a personal, racist or sexist nature are out of order, completely out of order. I, therefore, appeal to members, as public representatives, to refrain from course, uncouth, or unbecoming language that detracts from the dignity or decorum of the house."

- SAPA
Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  buti manamela  |  nomaindia mfeketo  |  john jeffery  |  mathole motshekga  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  max sisulu  |  cape town  |  parliament 2013  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
139 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
6 ways to stay safe at home and on the road 2015-03-27 15:39

These Easter holidays, take these precautions to keep your home and family safe.

/Sport
 

The Fast and Furious R40 million

With the Fast and the Furious 7 hitting South African cinema’s this April, all eyes are on the cars and we’re in for a treat!

 
 

Luxury living

This is the most expensive burger in the world!
Exclusive food items that WILL break the bank
Top 10 most expensive homes in the world
You can permanently live on a ship and sail the world!
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to discriminate, criticise and over analyse things today which can leave everybody feeling a little bit unsure...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.