Tempers flare as report tabled to suspend members of Malema’s party EFF

Tempers flare as EFF report tabled

GCIS Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli struggled to control the National Assembly as soon as the debate on a report calling for the suspension of the Economic Freedom Fighters began.GCIS Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli struggled to control the National Assembly as soon as the debate on a report calling for the suspension of the Economic Freedom Fighters began. File picture: Siyabulela Duda Parliament – Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli struggled to control the National Assembly on Thursday as soon as the debate on a report calling for the suspension of the Economic Freedom Fighters began.

Several EFF MPs rose to contest the speech of ANC MP Lemias Mashile introducing the debate on the report, eventually prompting Tsenoli to switch off the microphones at their benches.

EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu protested loudly, telling Tsenoli: “Cutting off microphones is not one of the things you should do.”

Tsenoli said he would do so again if the EFF continued to break the rules of Parliament by interjecting without being recognised.

“This is completely unacceptable, you are disrupting the proceedings of the house,” he added.

At this, both Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Sipho Mbatha began arguing that the deputy speaker had misread the rules, as […]

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