Disciplinary proceedings considered after chaos in Parliament

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Parliament – A decision as to whether disciplinary measures should be taken against MPs who disrupted parliamentary proceedings on Thursday is under consideration.

This was announced by Speaker Baleka Mbete at a press briefing after Parliament was adjourned when chaos erupted as EFF MPs chanted that President Jacob Zuma should “pay back the money”.

Proceedings were disrupted earlier after EFF MPs insisted the president address Nkandla and the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report.

Disorder followed as ANC and EFF MPs exchanged words, whereafter chief whips met to decide the way forward.

ANC Deputy Chief Whip Doris Dlakude said parties agreed to continue with proceedings, “except the EFF who have their own demands”.

She said while Nkandla remained a “burning issue”, it had to be put aside to deal with other matters.

But the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu and Julius Malema insisted Zuma should address the Nkandla issue, whereafter EFF MPs broke out into chants of “pay back the money”.

Chaos ensued, and Parliament was adjourned.

At a media briefing after the adjournment, Mbete said “a minority has disrupted the business of today”.

“The EFF really rolled out a surprise plan of disrupting the sitting by raising issues about Nkandla and so on, which matters as we all know are at the centre of an ad-hoc committee in Parliament,” she said.

“It is very sad for it [the session] to collapse like this because of a party that has only 6% of the vote.”

Mbete said while she called the sergeant at arms to intervene, it “is not calling the police. I didn’t consider calling the police to throw people out”.

She said the House would “put heads together” to decide whether disciplinary hearings should be instituted following the interruption of proceedings.

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