Red overalls bring FS parly to standstill

2015-05-21 13:05
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Bloemfontein - The Free State legislature was disrupted for more than half an hour after an EFF member refused to leave when the speaker ruled that he was inappropriately dressed.

Speaker Mamiki Qabathe asked Willy Tsabalala, dressed in red overalls, to leave during a meeting in which the report of the portfolio committee on public accounts and finance was discussed.

Tsabalala remained seated, which provoked loud remarks from the ANC side of the legislature.

Qabathe would not allow discussions to proceed until Tsabalala left.

“Do the honorable thing and leave the house,” she asked repeatedly.

Tsabalala was approached by several members and legislature officials, but remained seated.

The speaker was also unhappy with the loud response to the one-man sit-in from ANC members: “You
can see you are not acting in a honorable way,” she chided.

Eventually Tsabalala was marched out of the legislature. Mandisa Makesini, the other EFF member in the legislature, left in solidarity with Tsabalala.

“I find it ridiculous that members can be ejected based on the clothes they wear,” Kgotso Morapela, chairperson of the EFF in the province, told News24.

“I find it wrong that the speaker can do such a thing. The way [Tshabalala] was dressed did not do any harm to anybody,” he said.

Morapela said the party would announce its reaction to Tsabalala’s ejection tomorrow.

Last year, Tsabalala, a senior member of the EFF and until recently chairperson of the party in the Free State, was charged with two counts of rape which involved a family member who is a minor.

He appeared in court again 0n March 31, but it was found that the docket had disappeared. Magistrate Harold Pratt postponed the case to allow time for the missing docket to be found.

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