Parliament's 10 minute break turns into an hour

2016-04-05 15:48
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – A 10 minute break to decide whether National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete should recuse herself has turned into an hour.

Mbete initially suspended the National Assembly sitting at 14:35 on Tuesday for 10 minutes for chief whips to meet about whether she should remove herself from the proceedings.

The House is set to debate the removal of President Jacob Zuma from office, and opposition MPs have called for Mbete to recuse herself.

This, opposition parties said, was because she had been a respondent in the Constitutional Court case against Zuma.

The debate follows last week’s Constitutional Court ruling that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

During the break, MPs from various parties joked with each other across the floor, with Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, United Democratic Movement and other MPs caucusing on the floor.

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