Parly's sergeant-at-arms called police - Nhleko

2014-12-09 13:29
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Cape Town - Parliament's sergeant-at-arms both asked for and authorised the controversial entry of police into the National Assembly last month, according to Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question he revealed that South Africa's first female sergeant-at-arms Regina Mohlomi wasted no time over her decision.

"The sergeant-at-arms requested the SAPS [SA Police Service] to enter the National Assembly, and, as the person designated by the [House] chairperson, authorised SAPS to enter the National Assembly.

"The request was made on 13 November at 22:45, and... at 22:49 authorisation was granted," Nhleko said.

The entry of police officers into the House on the evening of 13 November followed EFF MP Reneilwe Mashabela's repeated refusals to obey an instruction by then presiding officer, House chairperson Cedric Frolick, to leave the Chamber.

In the scuffle that ensued, four DA MPs and two police officers were reportedly hurt.

Nhleko said the decision to deploy more police officers to Parliament was taken by the joint security committee on 25 August.

On the evening of 13 November, a total of 175 SAPS officers were at the parliamentary precinct.

These included 77 officers from protection and security services, 10 from the public order police unit, and 88 from the police's VIP protection unit.

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