Parliament descends into chaos again


Proceedings to President Jacob Zuma’s questions and answers session in Parliament this afternoon, descended into complete chaos when members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) once again demanded that he pay back a portion of the R246-million spent on security upgrades at Nkandla.

Moments after taking the stand and about to answer his first question, EFF MP Makoti Khawula questioned why no reference was made to the President’s private home on the Parliamentary agenda, resulting in National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete asking her to sit down.

Matters then turned heated when the party’s National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, rose on a point of order but told to sit down.

“The tradition is that you have to hear my order, “Ndlozi said, to which Mbete replied, “The tradition is that we have the business of the day and have the President answer questions”.

Ndlozi however refused to sit down, accusing Zuma of “rendering Parliament useless” and not “taking it seriously”.

“The President comes here, makes a mockery of our questions and then leaves. He has come back again and we have no guarantee that he won’t be making a mockery out of the Nkandla question again. And the reality is, we cannot engage in any forms of speech that are empty and disrespectful,” a visibility annoyed Ndlozi continued.

This resulted in ANC Chief Whip, Stone Sizani rising, with Ndlozi continuing to accuse Mbete of not wanting to recognise him.

A shouting match then ensued with Ndlozi remarking, “President Zuma must not engage with us, he does not take this Parliament seriously, he does not take the mandate of this country’s people seriously, he must pay back the money or else we are just going to be ridiculed while the other side laughs as if we are in a Trevor Noah show”.

Mbete then questioned the party’s Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu, on why he couldn’t keep his MP’s under control with Shivambu remarking that they want an answer.

With Sizani trying to raise a point of an order, an irate EFF leader Julius Malema demanded that Mbete explain why his point was more special than Ndlozi’s.

Addressing Sizani directly, Malema continued to protest with the ANC Chief Whip instructing him to sit down.

“You cannot tell me to sit down. I will never take instructions from and you are not going to be recognised under a special rule. There is nothing special about you,” Malema shouted, with Sizani retaliating, “Malema there is nothing special about you either”.

Mbete then called for a timeout with the matter being discussed with the various Chief Whips.


CAPTION: Still image of Economic Freedom Fighters Leader angirly points at ANC Chief Whip, Stone Sizani during yet another chaotic Parliament session IMAGE sourced from eNCA