EFF calls Makhura a liar, disrupts speech

2015-02-23 14:30

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Sparks flew at the Gauteng state of the province address when EFF members of the provincial legislature disrupted Premier David Makhura’s speech, calling him a liar.

Makhura was barely halfway through his speech when EFF caucus leader Mandisa Mashego and her colleagues raised numerous objections, testing the patience of speaker Ntombi Mekgwe in the process.

Mashego and Mekgwe clashed repeatedly as the former insisted that her party be allowed to raise points of order objecting to Makhura’s characterisation of what the province had achieved. But Mekgwe was having none of it, saying members of the legislature would have an opportunity on Thursday to debate the state of the province address.


Mashego, however, insisted that the EFF had every right to question Makhura.

“This is very important for the democratic engagement; we are not here to sit and be ornaments, and just listen,” she said.

Another EFF MP also accused Makhura of lying about his government’s achievements; this after Mekgwe had refused him permission to ask Makhura questions.

“We feel the premier is misleading the house. It’s a lie,” he said.

Makhura resumed his speech, but that lasted a few minutes before the EFF benches interrupted him again, accusing him of lying. Mashego led the charge once more, saying it was unfair of the speaker to refuse them permission to ask the premier questions.

“The premier is not allowed to read a string of empty promises and lies,” protested Mashego.

An exasperated Mekgwe warned the EFF that she would not allow them to continue disrupting Makhura.

“If you don’t want to listen to the premier you can close your ears,” said Mekgwe.

When Makhura explained what steps his government was taking to fight tender fraud, Mashego was on her feet again, saying the premier could not speak about the issues of tenders when the ANC’s own chief whip in the legislature, Brian Hlongwa, was facing accusations of tender irregularities worth millions.

State of the Province Address by Gauteng Premier Honourable David Makhura

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