Sisulu withdraws 'flea-infested' comment

2013-03-01 09:01
Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. (File, Beeld)

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has withdrawn a remark she made last year about DA MP David Maynier after it was found to be unparliamentary, according to a report on Friday.

The Star reported that the comment was made during a row over executive chartered jet flights that Sisulu took while she was defence minister.

Despite persistence from Maynier, Sisulu had told him to "keep his flea-infested body at peace and sit down".

Speaker Max Sisulu ruled that her remark was unparliamentary and should be withdrawn.

On Thursday, Lindiwe Sisulu made several attempts at withdrawing the remark.

The Star reported that at first she said the "apt-description" was withdrawn, then she said she was withdrawing what "at that point I thought was an apt description of the manic behaviour".

Eventually she gave in and said: "I withdraw."

Afterwards, a row broke out over whether she had made a mockery of Parliament and whether what she had said while withdrawing her remark was also unparliamentary.

The minister urged the speaker to study her remarks and rule again.

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