Lekota ordered out of National Assembly

2012-06-12 17:37

Cape Town - Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota was ordered to leave the National Assembly chamber on Tuesday after refusing to withdraw remarks he made in the House last week.

During the presidency budget vote debate last Wednesday, Lekota accused President Jacob Zuma of violating his oath of office.

Lekota said, among other things, the president had failed to uphold his constitutional obligation to protect the rights of artist Brett Murray, who depicted Zuma with his genitals exposed, and City Press editor Ferial Haffajee, who refused to remove an image of the painting from the newspaper's website.

At the time, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande asked Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo, who was in the chair, to rule whether Lekota could make such a "serious statement" about Zuma.

"If a member of this House can stand and make a serious statement that the president has violated his oath of office... such a statement is a serious thing. Madam chair, I ask you to rule," Nzimande said.

Mfeketo said the matter would be ruled on later.

On Tuesday, Mfeketo ruled that members could make such allegations of improper conduct only by way of a substantive motion and ordered Lekota to withdraw his remarks.

Lekota refused, saying his conscience would not allow him to withdraw.

He maintained he was exercising his constitutional right to freedom of speech in Parliament, accompanied by such privilege as enjoyed by MPs.

Mfeketo then ordered him to leave the chamber. As he left the House he was joined by a large number of Cope and Democratic Alliance MPs.

  • Mike - 2012-06-12 17:41

    Truth hurts!!!

      seymour.howe - 2012-06-12 19:23

      And now we have Comrade Lekota standing up for freedom of speech and human rights ------------ well, sure! The real point is that the corrupt son of a Bi**h Zom-Zoom has done exactly what he is accused of! Being President may have given him the right to be a criminal and absolve himself of all criminal charges but when he thinks he is above the constitution, then God Help South Africa! - 2012-06-12 21:20

      Zuma will rewrite the constitution to suite his needs-go to my face book profile above because news 24 decided to remove my profile picture. this is the book the ANC swears by

      Gary - 2012-06-13 08:20

      @onke - and who elected you numbskull! Did Cope not win any seats in the last election? Or perhaps the concept of democracy is too complicated for your tiny brain!

      onke.tshaka - 2012-06-13 18:51

      @Gary, stop being a d!ck head, I'm talking about Lekota not cope, maybe you should check the size of your brain

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-12 17:44

    VIVA freedom of speech.... NOT!! Don't like what you say... Censorship enforced. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

      Rodney - 2012-06-13 02:08

      Reminds me of the politician who said in parliament "half the politicans in here are asses". He was ordered to withdraw the comment and said "Half the politicians in here are not asses."

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-06-12 17:48

    Good riddance of bad rubbish!!

  • samuel.takadi - 2012-06-12 17:52

    Lekota has no respect for anyone , he is a toothless bully who even failed us as members of the DoD .

  • Harold - 2012-06-12 17:53

    And so it will go on until just blade and his Commie mates have freedom of speech. Well done Mr Lekota we stand by your choice do not be bullied by these thugs. Mfeketo was the loser

      stanton.clarke - 2012-06-12 18:22

      Mfeketo is useless, when she was mayor of Cape Town a few years back, all she did was just to shake peoples hands!

      Phillip - 2012-06-12 18:49

      And sell Cape Town's legacy prime real estate cheap to struggling land-developer comrades who needed a helping hand up, after being weighed down by their wallets. No wonder there was so much 'hand-shaking' going on...

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-06-12 18:51

      @Stanton, What she was doing was "crossing their palms with silver".

  • Nicholas - 2012-06-12 17:56

    Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Expression SA Style. It will only be tolerated if no sensitive and thin skinned soul is offended!

      Pierre - 2012-06-12 19:10

      @ndyeboreginaldmazawule - Zuma is NOT above anyone. He was put there by the people to serve the people. If he is messing up, he should be told so to his face and take it like a man. And then fix it.

      Nicholas - 2012-06-12 20:18

      This is the same mentality that keeps Mugabe in power "Don't question or criticize him ...he's the President"

      Kenna - 2012-06-12 20:31

      Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one's opinions and ideas via speech. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, as with libel, slander, obscenity and incitement to commit a crime. The right to freedom of expression is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 of the ICCPR states that "[e]veryone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference" and "everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice". Article 19 goes on to say that the exercise of these rights carries "special duties and responsibilities" and may "therefore be subject to certain restrictions" when necessary "[f]or respect of the rights or reputation of others" or "[f]or the protection of national security or of public order (order public), or of public health or morals".

      Emile - 2012-06-13 01:08

      @Thinking.Chick - that last part about respecting the rights and reputations of others, how does that apply to the "spear" and "better poor than a rich puppet"? seems a bit ambiguous as its written there

  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-06-12 17:57

    Brilliant!!! That's the way its done!! Big pat on the back to all the MPs that followed Lekota!!

  • Andrew - 2012-06-12 18:01

    That's why it's important to have other string parties in a country. Let's prevent another dictator on our continent. We don't want another zanupf

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-06-12 18:02

    Tribalism at its Rubish!!!zulu mentality as l always say.

      Gerald - 2012-06-12 18:17

      Don't see how you can equate this to tribalism and there daftly condemn all Zulus. Need I remind you of a country called Rwanda?

      Vusi - 2012-06-12 18:34

      Atleast,Motsepe, Ramphosa,etc are billonaires.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-12 18:05

    Well done Lekota. Let the world hear that there are other voices in this country that the ANC wants to silence.

  • Abby - 2012-06-12 18:11

    Strange bed fellows, the next thing they will be at each other throats. Watch this space...

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-12 18:11


      John - 2012-06-12 19:18

      I [censored] with you

  • Eirinn Drake - 2012-06-12 18:13

    Really impressed, well done Lekota, COPE and DA MP's! This is a step in the right direction, I think the majority of (rational) South African's are behind you on this one.

      Ta.Lepzen - 2012-06-12 18:34

      Dino, u missing da plot. Majority of rational SA of which u r not part of.

  • malusi - 2012-06-12 18:19

    Opposition parties are a joke in this country.

      aspruyt - 2012-06-12 18:30

      Your statement renders you the joke =)

      Mike - 2012-06-12 18:44

      One of the joke parties runs the Western Cape........define joke?

      Kenna - 2012-06-12 20:35

      Indeed, kindly define what you mean by joke. I see the WV Province doing extremely well. Oh wait you are another troll. How much does the ANC pay you?

  • wynandjsmit - 2012-06-12 18:21

    Good Terror, keep it up. Let them continue with their circus, but don't change to pacify them. Well done to not apologize!!

  • Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-06-12 18:24

    Good Terror ,we don't have president here,jst a Joke,frm KZN is ruling our government!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-12 18:38

    What a bunch of drama queens, that's why DA and Cope will forever be shadowing ANC! I hope the tea girl was there, she will do well with some exercise, in and out. She will make a good \Save the rhino\ campaign activist.

      duma.nkabinde - 2012-06-12 19:34

      100% true!

      Jenny - 2012-06-12 19:43

      Remember this one day when your rights and freedom to speech is withdrawn. The exact rights you fought for when the National Party imposed restrictions on freedom of speech. Bit by bit, your other rights and freedoms will be withdrawn, but you think it's okay because it is the ANC who are doing it. Just wait, my friend... you will regret this. Once rights are withdrawn, who will reinstate them?

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-12 20:12

      Please! Listen to yourself, nobody said your hero Lekota couldn't exercise his right to free speech but in the national assembly there are procedures to be followed. This is not a tavern, you behave otherwise you go out and play hide and seek with DA

      Kenna - 2012-06-12 20:37

      Really? One should behave in the houses of parliament? If you ask me, which I will only be asked when I next cast my vote, Zuma should have been kicked out along with Malema. Never before in the history of this country have we seen such racial hatred inspired by a government.

  • Scouter - 2012-06-12 18:39

    "Mfeketo said the matter would be ruled on later" Therein lays the entire problem right now - people such as this ever need to consult somebody who actually knows what they are about because they, themselves are plainly incompetent.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-12 18:40

    This is how a dictatorship works, not a democracy. We are zimbabwe!

  • tnefolovhodwe - 2012-06-12 18:48

    lol i so like south african aprliment is such a joke shem just because he is against the ANC he have to be kicked out

  • boykie.nkosi - 2012-06-12 18:50

    Next time it will only be the ANC in the national assembly, the judge was scared she might loose her job. the plan is working just fine

      Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-12 19:13

      It was only the ANC remaining!! The opposition left with Lekotha.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-12 18:51

    Surely, freedom of speech gives us the right to speak the truth especially if it's the truth. This sounds a bit like ANC members of parliament being told HOW to vote in the matter of the secrecy bill. Whats the point if the people's vote reflects that of the president? Where's the democracy?

  • Wayne Klasen - 2012-06-12 18:53

    Yes We all live in Democratic South Africa?...Really ! Just as long as say what the anc wants to hear...

  • Billy - 2012-06-12 18:55

    what utter NONSENSE!

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-06-12 18:56

    Well done Terror for showing that bumbling buffoon and his cronies that you're not afraid of him and them!

  • Vusi - 2012-06-12 19:01

    Pls gud people read:CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA NO. 108 OF 1996:(Extracted)10. Human dignity.-Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected.:16. Freedom of expression.-(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes- (a) freedom of the press and other media; (b) freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; (e) freedom of artistic creativity; and (4 academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. (2) The right in subsection (1) does not extend to- (a) propaganda for war; (6) incitement of imminent violence; or (c) advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm. I hope everyone would get a picture.

  • RRRainium - 2012-06-12 19:02

    Opposition is trying everything from the media to art trying to bring down the ANC. Why can't you try service delivery because that's the only way you will beat the ANC, let's see what Zille can do at Western Cape.

      Kenna - 2012-06-12 20:39

      Afaik, Zille is doing a pretty good job in WC so far.

      onke.tshaka - 2012-06-12 22:31

      @thinkingchick, of course you would say that

      John - 2012-06-12 23:00

      The whole world says that. She won mayor of the year based on service delivery. Where have you been? Or are you posting from Zimbabwe?

      Raymond - 2012-06-13 07:00

      Your name is everything that the anc constitutes. Typical.

  • Andrew - 2012-06-12 19:02

    Zuma should change the ANC's name to ZumaPF

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  • troll - 2012-06-12 19:10

    we are all entitled to raise an opinion. those that differ, can only force their opinion unto others. its a human right violation!

  • Abby - 2012-06-12 19:10

    Cunning like a fox Lekota, you did this on purpose just to have their sympathy, DA has made some inroads whilst Lekota and co. Were having leadership court battles. It is just a matter of time when the opposition playing fields are levelled, he will show you DA his back and middle finger. He is a very disrespectful and demeaning. Ask Mangosuthu.

  • Pierre - 2012-06-12 19:13

    Good. It's about time someone tells it like it is.

  • Abby - 2012-06-12 19:13

    Cunning like a fox Lekota, you did this on purpose just to have their sympathy, DA has made some inroads whilst Lekota and co. Were having leadership court battles. It is just a matter of time when the opposition playing fields are levelled, he will show you DA his back and middle finger. He is a very disrespectful and demeaning. Ask Mangosuthu.

  • siliziwem - 2012-06-12 19:15

    Dictatorship by ANC hijaked by thugs

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-06-12 19:18

    i hope the people who are happy that Lekota was kicked out of parliament must please think before they celebrate because if you tell the truth this is what will happen to you . The ANC do not want to be told the truth so we are on the slippery slope of anarchy you will be judged by your action ANC what goes around comes around

  • seymour.howe - 2012-06-12 19:22

    And now we have Comrade Lekota standing up for freedom of speech and human rights ------------ well, sure! The real point is that the corrupt son of a Bi**h Zom-Zoom has done exactly what he is accused of! Being President may have given him the right to be a criminal and absolve himself of all criminal charges but when he thinks he is above the constitution, then God Help South Africa!

  • jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-06-12 19:23

    and all those that stayed behind in parliament are just there to drop their pants and clutch their ankles. lekota at least has some balls in exercising his rights of democratic comment. the anc can't take criticism. that is the problem.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-06-12 21:54

      I agree fully! As soon as the ANC can accept criticism, they will become a force to be reckoned with again. For now, I think they are only getting support for their history, not for any of their present achievements.

      jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-06-16 13:20

      the thumbs down must be an ankle clutching anc supporter... grow a pair and think for yourself. @bobby -you're right. if they take the criticism and use it to learn from their mistakes the anc could be great party. until then -no.

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-06-12 19:26

    He must tell us what happen to the section of freedom charter where it says\the resource of the country must be enjoyed by every1 who live in it\ not only the white capitalists minority those benefited from apartheid still want to benefit from democracy

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-12 19:29

      Another black racist!

      Sagin - 2012-06-12 19:37

      Go tend to the cattle with malema little boy. the grown ups are talking here. hamba

  • Aubrey - 2012-06-12 19:30

    Well done Mr Lekota, i love brave people like you , and i hate cowards ,Bravo Mr Lekota .

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-12 19:33

    OMW!! Again black and white issues!! Please stop playing the race card when you fail to compose a more plausable argument. The CONSTITUTION is our fundamental act. Let us stick to it please - it was written for all SA citizens. Or is that not what Tata Madiba said and envisioned for our beautiful country. Stop sh@tting on the rainbow!!!

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-12 19:43

    Mshini wam Mshini wami musungibambezela, I think its time to kno the meaning of this song

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-12 19:50

    What a bunch of idiots, this clowns worry about everything less govern this country and protect it's citizens, make me seek all this circus.Not even in the midle age.

  • Dean - 2012-06-12 19:58

    Terror Lekoto phambile comrade!! Freedom of Speech I had my bite of that cake. No Retreat comrade no Surrender just No at all.

  • Tolo - 2012-06-12 20:08

    Ola president of the people ola...who said mr lekota he is not much better than zuma...he can stand up 4 what he believe than others I know...vha lekota vha# rise cope rise#

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-12 20:09

    Terror Lekota says it like it is!! I would also have walked out in support !! Showerhead is a disgrace who should not be in office but in goal!!

  • Kenna - 2012-06-12 20:27

    Grow a pair comrade. If you are not ready to do this properly, then maybe you should have shut up entirely. We are not stupid or uneducated. We know how to smell political horse-manure. It's a shame though, we (the educated masses) really hoped you would pull through for us on this.

  • Hermann - 2012-06-12 20:32

    Lekota you are a hero

  • thabo.t.malatsi - 2012-06-12 20:44

    he(mr lekota) was simply seeking media attentn to promote cope!..

  • Goboza Mashaba - 2012-06-12 20:51

    Lekota is just a nobody but a mere leader of a dead party...a small boy Malema will say....This is our parliament and our government, he will surely withdraw his statement. sooner or later he will, just mark my word.

  • howard.komati - 2012-06-12 21:02

    Its true tht birds of the same feather flock together. People who work under the leadership of Jacob Zuma are the same no wonder we have so much corrupt officials. How cn Lekota be thrown out of parliament even though his substantiating his views by Quoting frm the Constitution? ANC will rule bt nt for long their behaving like scarvengers is this the Democracy we have fought for? It shows clearly tht they are giving ths country to whites bit by bit. Why is Zuma refusing to give Malema a second chance? Malema fought for him and made many foes along the way. Where were people like Blade by thn? The ANC is slowly bt surely fading bt i dnt care as long as their fighting wth our beloved comrade.