Defiant EFF MP refuses to leave Parly

2014-11-06 15:34
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Cape Town - A defiant EFF MP refused to obey National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's calls for him to leave the House on Thursday.

An EFF had just read out a motion without notice on the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the August 2012 shootings at Marikana, North West, which Mbete informed the party was not agreed to prior to the sitting.

This prompted EFF member Andile Mngxitama to object.

Mbete repeatedly told Mngxitama to take his seat. When he refused, she told him to "leave the House".

"I am not going to keep telling you to take your seat and you continue to speak," a clearly frustrated Mbete told him.

Mbete denied continued requests from Mngxitama's colleagues to address her on the issue.

"Characters like honourable Mngxitama who behave like they are a law unto themselves will have to be persuaded to leave the House so the House can then proceed."

Mbete then ordered the sergeant-at-arms Regina Mohlomi to help her remove Mngxitama from the House. Mngxitama stayed put, defying both Mbete and Mohlomi.

At one stage, an EFF MP was heard shouting "call the police".

"I will not call the police. Honourable Mngxitama will have to obey the rules of the House," said Mbete.

After it became clear Mngxitama would not budge, the Speaker declared: "In view of your continued defiance, I now suspend you for five days."

Unlike on 21 August, when Mbete suspended proceedings when EFF MPs refused to obey her orders to leave the House for disrupting President Jacob Zuma's question time, she allowed Thursday's sitting to continue.

The 20 MPs involved in the August incident face suspension after they were found guilty on contempt of Parliament charges.

Read more on:    eff  |  baleka mbete  |  andile mngxitama  |  cape town  |  politics  |  parliament 2014

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