Comradeship under debate in Parliament

2015-02-17 16:06
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Parliament cannot address Mbete's cockroach comment - NCOP chair

2015-02-17 15:13

ANC chairperson and National Assembly speaker Baleke Mbete was quoted over the weekend calling Julius Malema a cockroach. Watch Parliament's response to questions on the insult...WATCH

Cape Town - The parliamentary debate of the State of the Nation address kicked off on Tuesday with the opposition EFF complaining about their leader being called a "cockroach".

EFF leader Julius Malema asked National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise to raise his party's concerns with National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

This after she called him a cockroach at the weekend.

The matter was first raised by EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu, after which Malema also jumped up to raise a point.

Modise asked him if he was insisting on speaking, prompting him to want to know why only he had to "insist" to get a chance to talk, causing a murmur in the National Assembly.

Modise asked members to be quiet, but called them "comrades" instead, before quickly correcting herself, saying "honourable members".

Malema quipped: "That's what we are dealing with here; comradeship".

Modise asked him to withdraw.

"I did say honourable members, in South Africa we are all comrades," she said, adding that he was her comrade not too long ago.

Malema then continued to talk about his concerns that Mbete called him a cockroach.

"Please take our concerns and raise them with her [Mbete]," said Malema.

Modise replied: "Do not make me preside and rule over a presiding officer. I said I would convey what the feelings of this House are around the utterances..."

"I think we must leave it at that. I will convey the message and the sentiments of the House."

The Mail & Guardian online quoted Mbete saying on Saturday: "If we don't work we will continue to have cockroaches like Malema roaming all over the place."

Read more on:    eff  |  baleka mbete  |  cape town  |  politics  |  state of the nation 2015  |  parliament 2015

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