Mace removed from Parliament - As it happened

2014-11-20 19:34

Get the latest details from the sitting in the National Assembly after a fragile truce between political parties fell apart.


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Last Updated at 08:06
20 Nov 23:57
Electronic vote not working. Went over to voting by verbally affirming the vote.

20 Nov 23:51
The sitting still continues. Business as usual.

20 Nov 21:23
The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement is being debated.

20 Nov 21:22
The Report of Standing Committee on Appropriations on Adjustments Appropriation Bill has been approved with objections

20 Nov 21:20
The Report of Standing Committee on Finance on 2014 Medium Term Budget Policy Statementhas been approved with objections.

20 Nov 21:04
Parliament has reconvened after 7 hours.

20 Nov 21:03
Gengezi Mgidlana has been appointed as Secretary to Parliament on a 5 year performance based contract, with effect from 1 December 2014.

20 Nov 19:56
There is still some confusion about whether Parliament is done for the day. But with the removal of the Mace the House cannot sit. It looks like a wrap for the day.

20 Nov 19:52

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20 Nov 19:43
Wouldn't be surprised if the cleaning staff start making their way to clean up after another long day in the House.

20 Nov 19:40
Could this be the end? Even the opposition have packed their bags.

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20 Nov 19:37
Looks like the MPs are now making their way to the exit.

20 Nov 19:35
Even though the mace has been removed from Parliament MPs remain seated. Not sure if the session will continue at this point.

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20 Nov 19:21
It seems someone in Parliament has turned off all the mics and no sound can be heard on the Parliament channel or their live stream. Clearly the singing is not appreciated.

20 Nov 19:20

20 Nov 19:19
MPs who turned on their mics for the singing to be heard are asked to turn it off.

20 Nov 19:17

20 Nov 19:17
ANC does not seem amused by the opposition's antics.

20 Nov 19:15
Dancing, clapping and singing in the House, has not seemed to bring the break to an end.

20 Nov 19:12
It seems like some of the MPs are teaching each other lyrics to a song. It's an Afrikaans one this time around "ANC wat gaan jy doen".

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20 Nov 19:09
ANC MPs watch on stone-faced.

20 Nov 19:08
It seems even the EFF MPs and DA MP have joined the singing, as one MP turned on his mic to be heard.

20 Nov 19:07
EFF gallery members are getting impatient and have started clapping and singing again. Volume is up this time around.

20 Nov 19:05

20 Nov 18:59
It seems the Nigerian parliament is also have their own issues.

20 Nov 18:56

20 Nov 18:53
More seats may be filled but still nothing happening in Parliament

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20 Nov 18:26
Some gallery members have started singing.

20 Nov 18:23
More seats in Parliament being filled. The prolonged break might be coming to an end.

20 Nov 17:47
It seems a few ANC MPs have taken their seats.

20 Nov 17:38
The National Assembly may be on an extended break, but it seems matters in the National Council of Provinces are continuing.

20 Nov 17:35
Parliament's "break" now reaches third hour.

20 Nov 17:35

No sign of proceedings continuing in the house yet, and it is 5.30pm, a long night ahead #parlytoday

— janetheard (@janetheard) November 20, 2014

20 Nov 17:28
MPs hanging around Parliament are playing with the microphones. One can be heard say "testing one, two, three" while another one says "look". It seems with nothing else going on in the House MPs are starting to amuse themselves.

20 Nov 17:22
Tensions mount as riot police have been spotted in Parliament.

20 Nov 17:22

Taken by MP Sonia Boshoffin the Minister's car park under the National Assembly. Changing into riot gear.

— Dianne KohlerBarnard(@DKB20) November 20, 2014

20 Nov 17:12
It seems today's Parliament session is turning into a waiting game, as no one is sure if or when the session will resume.

20 Nov 17:10

The least the ANC could have done is to inform the House how long Gwedeis going to keep them for. No decency and respect for the public.

— The #EFF (@EFFparliament) November 20, 2014

20 Nov 17:10

Riot police. First on the 3rd floor and now in the basement below us.

— Dianne KohlerBarnard(@DKB20) November 20, 2014

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