Parliament goes below the belt

2015-11-11 21:37
(Adiel Ismail)

(Adiel Ismail)

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Cape Town - A below the belt comment over EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu's recent paternity dispute had the House of Assembly in stitches on Wednesday.

Shivambu had insisted Deputy Co-Operative Governance Minister Andries Nel give him a list of municipalities that are corrupt, after Nel said people should not generalise and brand all municipalities failing or corrupt.

''At least give us the list of municipalities that are not corrupt'', said Shivambu, in full stride.

Nel said of Shivambu: ''In many fields of his life, his memory fails him."

The gap between heckles lengthened while Shivambu's paternity dispute hung in the air, then his fellow EFF MP Mmabatho Mokause leapt up to complain about the serious insult to the EFF chief whip.

She called on Nel to withdraw the comment.

With many MPs smacking their knees in laughter at the below the belt comment, business moved on swiftly, with the EFF keeping a stony silence.

Shivambu was in October proved to be the father of a child at the centre of a paternity dispute. 

He had requested a DNA test because he said the first time he heard about the child was three years after the child's birth.

He said previously he had never even met the child's mother. Shivambu has since committed to supporting the child.

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