EFF accuses ANC of ‘mobilising hooligans' to assault its MPs
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, has accused the ANC of organising a group to assault his EFF members in Parliament on Wednesday.
“The Economic Freedom Fighters has learned that the ANC is mobilising hooligans in the townships of Cape Town to come and assault EFF MPs today in Parliament,” he was quoted in the media as having said.
He also accused the ruling party of contravening the laws of Parliament saying, “It means the ANC is planning to undermine the very Parliament that it claims to protect and respect."
Responding to Ndlozi claims, Moloto Mothapo, spokesman for ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani, said that the EFF has clearly lost its mind.
“It's becoming clearer and clearer every day that they are losing it. They are obviously imagining things, and this is a figment of their imagination,” Mothapo reportedly said.
“Probably it is some sort of propaganda gone wrong on their part. They really have to come with something better if they want to be taken seriously. We have got no time to waste on the EFF.”
During Tuesday’s sitting of Parliament, EFF leader, Julius Malema, was ordered to explain why his party should not be suspended after causing chaos in the National Assembly last week.
Parliamentary Speaker, Baleka Mbete, reportedly informed the EFF that their actions were being investigated, and that a written explanation needs to be submitted to parliament.
“I am affording the members concerned an opportunity to give in writing why they should not be suspended,” she said.
“The matter is under investigation and the investigating committee will investigate whether conduct of EFF constiutes contempt of parliament.”
Tensions between the two parties have reached boiling point after the EFF disrupted Parliament proceedings last Thursday, when Malema rejected President Jacob Zuma’s reply to Public Protector Thuli Madonesla’s, findings, that the president had unlawfully benefitted from upgrades worth R246-million at his private resident of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.
When instructed to sit down or faced being thrown out, EFF MP’s began chanting ‘pay back the money’ leading to Mbete dissolving Parliament.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday evening, Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, expressed her disgust at the EFF’s actions, stating that “South Africans had watched in anger and disgust the scenes in one of the most important pillars of South Africa’s democracy.”
“Whilst cognisant that Parliament is independent, the cluster cannot stand idle as our democracy is undermined in the full glare of the public and the world,” the Minister reportedly said.
"The cluster of ministers have instructed senior government officials within the cluster to make recommendations on how to prevent such incidences from happening.”
At a similar event on the same evening, Ndlozi said that there was no reason for the security cluster getting involved and that the EFF was unapologetic about its actions.
“The EFF will not be intimidated by a group of employees and henchmen/women who serve at the pleasure and discretion of President Zuma,” said Ndlozi.
He also added, “If the ANC security cluster wants to arrest us, teargas us, or shoot to kill us, then let it be. The EFF is ready for any form of violence because no amount of war talk, no amount of intimidation will deter it from robustly raising issues and holding the executive accountable.”
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