Kebby branded an “idiot”
Deputy Minister of Defence, and Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) chairperson, Kebby Maphatsoe, was called an ‘idiot’ by Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP), David Maynier on Tuesday, after referring to Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spy.
Maynier made the statement during a siting of the National Assembly while Maphatsoe was responding to earlier questions by DA parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane. Maphatsoe has claimed that he made the CIA reference in his capacity as MK member and not as Deputy Minister, adding that a journalist from The Star newspaper had taken his words out of context.
“I reject the allegations about what I said on Sunday, in the newspapers [and] refer all others to the record,” Maphatsoe said.
His testimony was then interrupted by a cry of ‘idiot’ from the opposition bench, leading to Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli, demanding to know who used the term, adding that it was ‘out-of-order’.
Maynier raised and admitted that it was him, saying, “Speaker, I shouted idiot because the honourable Deputy Minister of Defence is an idiot for saying what he said”.
Told by Tsenoli to withdraw his comment or risk being thrown out, Maynier said, “Deputy Speaker, with respect, I am not going to withdraw my remark because I’m simply saying what most South Africans believe about the deputy minister’s statements in respect of Thuli Madonsela.” He was subsequently ordered to leave.
In a statement released yesterday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) labelled Maphatsoe’s comments and subsequent apology to Madonsela as “cheap” and with “deep disregard of the institution both of parliament and the public protector”.
“Maphatsoe stood and denied that he insulted the Public Protector as being a spy of the CIA. Soon after leaving parliament, Maphatsoe apologises,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
“The EFF rejects this apology since it means Maphatsoe disrespects his vow as an MP. It means he has undermined the sacrosanctity of parliament platform and used it to continue and lie, maintaining his attack on the Public Protector.
“Society must not accept his apology and the Public Protector must continue to charge him under Section 9 and 11 of the Public Protector Act of 1994. Furthermore, Kebby Maphatsoe must resign from office with immediate effect, he has plunged parliament and the country into disrepute,” the statement read.
Madonsela has given Maphatsoe three days to prove that she is indeed a CIA plant or face legal action.
CAPTION: DA MP, David Maynier, was orderd out of the National Assembly after calling Deputy Minister of Defence, Kebby Maphatsoe, an idiot. IMAGE sourced from africa.widmi.com
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