EFF back in the House after suspension

2016-05-11 15:25
(<a href= ‘https://twitter.com/RanjeniM’>Ranjeni Munusamy</a> via Twitter)

(Ranjeni Munusamy via Twitter)

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

Cape Town - EFF MPs were back in Parliament on Wednesday after being thrown out and suspended last week for shouting and refusing to listen to an “illegitimate” President Jacob Zuma.

They vowed to keep up their call for Zuma to resign and were limbering up for his next appearance in the House on 17 May.

To groans and chuckles, chairperson Mmatlala Grace Boroto acknowledged the presence of Economic Freedom Fighters MP Nazier Paulsen in his red workman's jacket.

''The withdrawal of the EFF from the house has come to an end,'' Boroto announced at the Department of Public Service and Administration’s budget vote debate in the old National Assembly.

Unbowed after being thrown out last week, Paulsen kept up a running lone heckle with ANC MPs. EFF deputy president and Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu sat with him briefly.

Paulsen's first point of order was a complaint that ANC MPs across the way ''are showing me vulgar things over there''.

When the department’s Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo praised the Constitution, Paulsen quipped: ''It's no use if you are going to violate it.''

Taken to task for not calling Zuma ''Honorable'', Paulsen relented and said, ''Ok. Mr Jacob Zuma, president of the ANC''.

‘Incapable of delivering services’

In his speech, Paulsen blamed government for service delivery protests.

“Why the country is burning is because you are incapable of delivering services to all those people.”

He told Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who was making his first Budget Vote speech for the department, that the public service was incapable of doing what was needed to build the country.

At times shouting through angry retorts by ANC MPs, Paulsen blamed the government's reliance on consultants and contractors for much of its failures.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyisen Ndlozi said: ''We are ready for the 17th. He [Zuma] must not come. He must resign before the 17th.''

He said nobody was injured during last week’s scuffles, during which a glass of water went flying as protection officers pulled and pushed shouting EFF MPs out of the National Assembly.

The following day, most opposition MPs boycotted Zuma’s reply to his budget vote speech debate.

When Zuma appears on 17 May, questions to him are expected to include one from the African Christian Democratic Party on an apparent lack of trust in the judiciary. The African Independent Congress would ask him about recent protests and demonstrations.

Read more on:    eff  |  cape town  |  parliament 2016

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
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.