What got you talking: ANC disrupts Zille’s speech

2015-02-20 15:22

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The Western Cape state of the province address was halted today after ANC members disrupted proceedings.

A lively debate between MPLs caused Speaker Sharna Fernandez to suspend the sitting shortly before midday.

ANC chief whip Pierre Uys interrupted Premier Helen Zille’s speech on a point of order.

Uys criticised the legislature on how it dealt with an alleged racist comment made by Zille last year.

Initially, the matter was to be referred to a judge president for review but it was then decided to refer it to the legislature’s rules committee.

“A rules committee makes rules, not a ruling. We were horrified to hear and you didn't inform us,” Uys said to jeers from DA members.

He said the decision to block implementation of a ruling referring the matter to court was illegal and in bad faith.

Provincial ANC chairperson Marius Fransman jumped up to say he had just received a complaint that the live television feed had been cut.

The speaker had it checked out and said that was definitely not the case.

“So it's been reactivated?” Fransman asked.

Fernandez said nothing had been reactivated and that the feed had been live at all times.

Fransman followed up with an allegation that there were private security guards waiting to enter the house from a nearby room.

This allegation was quickly shot down.

Fernandez referred to President Jacob Zuma’s comments yesterday during his reply on the state of the nation address debate.

“We need to preserve the dignity of Parliament. That is what our president said.” ANC MPLs refused to calm down, leading to the suspension. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r72h28W7i8 Zille’s speech was tabled and she later addressed the media on the highlights.

Some members of society have condemned the ANC’s behaviour.    

Read Zille’s full speech here

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