Some MPs treat Parliament worse than beer hall - Zuma

2017-02-16 17:12
President Jacob Zuma (Screen grab)

President Jacob Zuma (Screen grab)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma has condemned the behaviour of "certain" members of Parliament in his reply to the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.

"Some MPs have decided to treat this august house like something worse than a beer hall. The conduct we saw in this house traumatised millions of South Africans," he told MPs.

The president was responding to yet another violent encounter between the Economic Freedom Fighters and Parliament Protection Services last Thursday.

The EFF MPs refused to let Zuma speak and were violently removed from the House after an hour and a half of heckling.

AS IT HAPPENED: Affirmative action does not equal hatred of white people - Zuma in SONA debate response

Zuma thanked South Africans on Thursday for listening to SONA, "despite the shocking and unbecoming behaviour which was displayed in this House again last Thursday by some members".

"Our people elect members every five years to represent them in Parliament and to fulfil the tasks outlined in the Constitution. The majority of members of Parliament understand the serious responsibility they have been entrusted with, and conduct themselves in a manner that gives hope to South Africans," he said.

He said adults could disagree ideologically, but with respect.

"We again appeal to those MPs and parties that have taken a decision to cause mayhem in the house to express themselves within the bounds of decency and decorum. Respect for one another and our Parliament will restore dignity of House and give hope to our people," Zuma said.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  parliament  |  sona 2017

Inside News24


Matric Results are coming soon!

Notify me when results become available

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.