AS IT HAPPENED: DA - Mbete puts ANC before Parliament

2014-11-14 08:22

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane says the party no longer recognises the authority of National Speaker Baleka Mbete.


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14 Nov 12:04

So that's it for updates. Unless MPs doing something else...


14 Nov 11:39
The DA briefing has just ended.

14 Nov 11:34

14 Nov 11:30
All our members who were injured yesterday have seen the doctor and are being monitored. Some are resting - Maimane

14 Nov 11:29
Hon Max Sisulu (previous speaker before Mbete) diffused tension in parliament with humour, balance and respect. The opposition respected him. - Steenhuisen

14 Nov 11:27
Maimane: Enough is enough. We want Parliament to function.

14 Nov 11:24
When the president arrives the debate will be robust but we will work within the rules. He must come and account to the people. - Maimane

14 Nov 11:22
ANC has fascinating definition of what is respectful towards the President. What happened at Nkandla is a crime. President must answer - Maimane

14 Nov 11:21
Mbete must look at rule 111 of National Assembly; says President Zuma must answer questions in the National Assembly - Steenhuisen

14 Nov 11:20
Steenhuisen: Baleka Mbete and her members can't have their cake and eat it.

14 Nov 11:19

14 Nov 11:16
"Filibustering did not break a single rule." - Maimane

14 Nov 11:14

14 Nov 11:13
Yesterday wasn't simply an assault on members of the Opposition, it was an assault on the Constitution. - Maimane

14 Nov 11:12
If Deputy President Ramaphosa fails to recognise the significance of yesterday's events, it will be a failure on his part - Maimane

14 Nov 11:11
Maimane: Baleka Mbete has consistently favoured the ANC over opposition MPs and is clearly executing Luthuli House's agenda.

14 Nov 11:08

14 Nov 11:06
Mbete is not suitable to be speaker of parliament. Her position in the ANC compromises her ability to function in parliament. - Steenhuisen

14 Nov 11:05

Mbete is responsible for setting tone of the debate. She abused her position by trying to shut down opposition filibustering - Steenhuisen

I am very very angry about the events that took place last night, he says.

14 Nov 11:03
"There is a selective interpretation of Powers and Privileges Act." - John Steenhuisen, DA Chief Whip says.

14 Nov 11:03
DA says they are disappointed that Speaker has not called to find out how their injured members are.

14 Nov 11:02
The DA will boycott Parliament when Speaker Mbete is in the Chair, says Maimane.

14 Nov 11:01
The use of police in the Chamber must be outlawed, says Maimane.

14 Nov 11:00
Mbete and Zuma have manipulated parliament to protect Zuma. Mbete favours ANC MPs; is promoting ANC agenda - Maimane

14 Nov 10:57
"This has been long coming... The DA no longer recognises Mbete as speaker of the National Assembly." - Maimane

14 Nov 10:50
Ah. There you go.

14 Nov 10:45
Media briefing adjorns. The opposition parties' briefing is set to start now but no sign of it yet.

14 Nov 10:44
Presiding officer on security says police were not specifically called in yesterday, but were on the precinct as they usually are.

14 Nov 10:39
We're here to uphold the dignity of this House, says BM for about the eighth time.

14 Nov 10:36
BM says in politics, "we are used to drama". She says absolutely she was disappointed and depressed even by yesterday's events.

14 Nov 10:34
The media needs to ensure they have a balanced view of what's happening, says BM, who seems to feel the media were biased in their coverage of what happened on Thursday.

14 Nov 10:34
Tsenoli says there was no "heavy-handedness" yesterday: "let's not create impression that people are victims."

14 Nov 10:29
Tsenoli: You cannot jump on the table and demand and answer and expect us to say "Please dear don't do that"

14 Nov 10:26
Tsenoli 'ums' and 'ahhs' before answering reporters questions. There are consequences when people don't act according to the rules, he says. 

14 Nov 10:22
Paula Chowles, eNCA reporter, says before the debate even started, she saw riot police outside Parliament.

14 Nov 10:19

14 Nov 10:17

14 Nov 10:16
BM describes what was happening when she had returned to the House. The riot police were already there, MPs were trying to remove EFF MP Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela from the podium.

14 Nov 10:13
BM says she doesn't make rulings in the middle of a debate.

14 Nov 10:12
Tsenoli: Nobody who violates the rules of the House will go unpunished.

14 Nov 10:09
Tsenoli: We are not aware if EFF MP Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela was hurt when she was escorted out Parliament. Parliament will get a detailed report from police on exactly what happened yesterday.

14 Nov 10:07
Tsenoli: When a member is asked to leave the House and the police are called in, the member is immediately escorted out of Parliament.

14 Nov 10:06
Tsenoli: Don't bring contentious issues in Parliament...

14 Nov 10:04

14 Nov 10:02
If we deviate from the rules, we run the serious risk of having a Parliament where the rules don't apply anymore, Cedric Frolick warns.

14 Nov 09:53
Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tesnoli says when people choose not to follow rules it's an attack on democratic practices.

14 Nov 09:51

14 Nov 09:49
We are looking at protecting the image and dignity of Parliament - BM says on issues of apparent censorship.

14 Nov 09:46

There's no way we're going to come here and allow ourselves each time to be disrupted - BM

Though BM doesn't seem to be addressing the police's alleged manhandling of MPs, some who were apparently left with injuries.

14 Nov 09:45
To protect the dignity of Parliament, riot police were needed - BM

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