EFF NCOP member removed for being 'disruptive'

2015-08-27 18:34
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Cape Town - EFF MP Tebogo Mokwele was removed from a sitting of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) by Parliament's protection services on Thursday afternoon.

This was after deputy NCOP chairperson Raseriti Tau asked Mokwele to leave because she was being "disruptive".

On a live feed of the proceedings, Mokwele was seen complaining that the chair had not recognised her when she tried to raise a point of order during the debate on the outcomes of the local government week.

"Honourable chair, I think I am a member of this house and I have the right to speak in this house," she said during the sitting earlier on Thursday.

"And if I stand up on a point of order you have to recognise me. You're not doing me any favour to recognise me."

Tau asked for the debate to continue, but Mokwele could be heard speaking in the background.

"Honourable Mokwele, I think you are becoming disruptive now, and I think, I suspect it is deliberate," said Tau.

"I am ordering you to sit down honourable member."

However, Mokwele refused to sit down and eventually Tau ordered that she leave the House.

Mokwele refused to leave.

Tau then called the sergeant-at-arms to assist.

'I am not leaving the house'

"I am not leaving the house," Mokwele was heard saying.

"You can use the force I am used to that. I have a right to speak. I have the right."

Tau suspended the sitting so that Mokwele could remove herself.

But she still refused to leave and when the NCOP sitting reconvened Mokwele was still in her seat.

"Honourable members I suspend proceedings requesting Honourable Mokwele to leave the house. Honourable Mokwele is still in the house... I will once more request the sergeant-at-arms [to assist] the member to leave so we can proceed."

Mokwele continued to stay seated.

"I, therefore, request the protection services of Parliament to assist with the removal of the member," said Tau.

The parliamentary live feed did not show Mokwele being removed.

However, other NCOP members can be heard clapping once she is taken out of the room.

The EFF on Thursday tweeted that: "Parliament bouncers have assaulted an EFF female MP, Tebogo Mokwele, in the NCOP for refusing to leave the chamber."

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