SACP lambast ‘mavericks’ DA, Cope after Assembly walkout

2010-02-17 15:14

THE SA Communist Party today accused opposition parties of “missing

the point” by staging a walkout in the National Assembly.

“It is sad that the opposition has missed the point and sought to

represent themselves as?.?.?.?pressure groups whose sole intention is to

appropriate the priorities as outlined in the state of the nation address for

their narrow class interests,” SACP spokesman Malesela Maleka said in a


“The clever disguise in the name of meritocracy, efficiency and

capacity of the class interests of the propertied class must be continuously


“The walkout by the DA and its black clone in the form of Cope

represents how these mavericks have no interest in any open public debate

whatsoever but grandstanding,” said Maleka.

Both the Congress of the People and the Democratic Alliance walked

out of Parliament yesterday, the day that President Jacob Zuma was responding to

an opposition debate on his state of the nation address.

The walkout happened after Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo ordered

Cope MP Mluleki George to withdraw a comment about the government leading the

country into lawlessness.

Mfeketo ruled that he withdraw the comment she said he made on

Monday during the debate on Zuma’s state of the nation address, that “the

president had deliberately led this country into lawlessness”.

But George denied he said that and refused to withdraw the



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