EFF, FF+ butt heads

2014-06-24 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Relations between MPs of the EFF and FF+ parties are strained to breaking point in parliament.

During the past week, two incidents between MPs of the two parties almost ended in fist fights outside parliament.

An EFF MP had allegedly called FF+ leader Dr Pieter Mulder a “f****n boer” and tried to intimidate him.

The tension between these two parties has escalated after a committee room for the EFF was allocated right next to the FF+ officers in the Marks building.

While EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi yesterday said the EFF is unaware of the incidents, FF+ MPs alleged they experience open hostility from EFF MPs and are being threatened.

Mulder told how an EFF MP blocked his way when he left the National Assembly (NA) after president Jacob Zuma’s speech on Friday night.

“He walked to me and stood like a boxer with his nose against mine and said: “You f****n boer! Please hit me.”

“I asked him, ‘How old are you?’

“It is humiliating when a guy who is a total stranger challenges you. It looks like the EFF wants to create a racial incident. I have in my 20 years in Parliament never seen something like this.”

The incident comes after another outside parliament where EFF MP Andile Mngxitama reportedly swore at FF+ MP Dr Pieter Groenewald after Groenewald pointed his finger at him.

On the fifth floor of the Marks building, where the opposition parties have their offices, there is also friction.

The EFF, whose offices are on the fourth floor, said the caucus room on its floor is not luxurious enough and decided to hold its caucus meetings in the committee room on the fifth floor, right next to the FF+ offices.

FF+ MP Dr Corné Mulder said the EFF members make a terrible noise on their way to the committee room.

“When we asked them to maintain silence, a female EFF MP shouted at us to ‘shut up’.”

The chief whips of all the parties, including Mulder and the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu, will meet tomorrow at 10 am.

Mulder said he will raise the issue there and if the matter cannot be resolved, he will lay an official complaint at the Speaker’s office.

The DA’s chief whip John Steenhuisen said his party had not had any incidents with EFF MPs.

Ndlozi said he hopes the FF+ knows it can discuss the matter with the EFF.

“We want to know what really happened rather than hear rumours from the media.”

The big spat between EFF and FF+

• An EFF MP allegedly told Dr Pieter Mulder: “You f****n boer! Please, hit me.”

• EFF leader Julius Malema to Mulder during the FF+ leader’s reply to the State of the Nation Address: “Give back our land. You stole our land. We want a farm.”

• EFF MP Andile Mngxitama to FF+ MP Dr Pieter Groenewald outside Parliament: “Don’t touch me! Don’t f****n touch me. You stole our land and we now want it back,” City Press reported.

• Groenewald to Mngxitama: “What can you do? What are you going to do? C’mon! You can come to my house. I will be waiting for you,” City Press reported.

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