Parliament is a house of shame - Cope

2016-05-17 18:20
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Pretoria - Parliament has become a national disgrace, Cope said on Tuesday after EFF MPs were again evicted from the National Assembly.

"Today, sadly, Parliament has just experienced its darkest moment: MPs and security personnel exchanged blows in full view of the nation and the world," Congress of the People spokesperson Dennis Bloem said.

The ANC’s "underwhelming" response to the April 29 Constitutional Court ruling that President Jacob Zuma had failed to uphold his oath of office was part of the reason for the chaos, he said.

"Its attempt to push ahead as though the judgment was only a little slap on the wrist is dragging the whole nation into a moral and legal quagmire. Sane voices have spoken out, but the ANC closed ranks and continues to show the middle finger to the judgment and everyone else," he said.

Security officers forced all EFF members out of the National Assembly chamber when they insisted that they would not let Zuma answer questions. Punches were thrown and a water bottle, an EFF hard hat, and a walkie talkie went flying.

He said the ANC had chosen the road to mayhem and chaos and was too self-serving and self-centred to produce a solution. It was up to civil society to restore normality, integrity and sanity in public life.

"Cope condemns the bullying tactics of the ruling party. Its attempt at forcing Mr Zuma down the throats of all of us is leading to a truly untenable situation. Parliament is a house of shame," Bloem said.

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