DA, EFF disrupt parliament

By Drum Digital
13 November 2014

Disorder again erupted in the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon after DA and EFF MPs refused to obey instructions from Speaker Baleka Mbete.

MPS chanted "go go go" during a tumultuous session in the National Assembly on Thursday.

DA and EFF MPs refused to obey instructions from Speaker Baleka Mbete.

Deputy chief whip of the Democratic Alliance Mike Waters was ordered to leave the House for ignoring Mbete's repeated instructions to take his seat.

Waters refused to leave the chamber, as numerous MPs rose at the same time to raise points of order after Mbete made a ruling regarding the day's order paper. At the same time, MPs in the opposition benches banged on their tables and started chanting "You must go" to Mbete". Economic Freedom Fighters MPs joined in the chanting.

Eventually Mbete said: "I actually don't want to recognise anyone."

"Speaker you are abusing your position, Speaker," said DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, as Mbete tried to calm the House.

EFF MP Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, among many others, complained that she was not being recognised when she tried to address Mbete.

Mbete said "I am on the floor, and I am talking," as she tried to continue a discussion about how late they would work into the night.

DA parliamentary leader tried to interject with "We refuse, we refuse..." but he was interrupted as other MPS shouted.

"You are taking your seat," screamed Mbete over the din.

We want to be here to serve this country, we will remain until one o'clock in the morning.

"Honourable members I am just amazed by your, your excitement, I don't understand," Mbete said, but MPs continued shouting for her attention.

One MP started reading a notice of motion while another MP wailed and sang over him and shouts of "Hey Wena" came from the benches.


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