Parliament heats up after Minister’s comment

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 27, 2015

Proceedings during President Jacob Zuma’s budget speech in Parliament yesterday once again got heated after Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Mzwandile Masina, reportedly mouthed the words “ I will f**k you up” to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP’s.

Masina, who was previously accused of making a similar threat to National Union of Metalworkers General Secretary Irvin Jim when he was ANC Youth League Conveyer in 2013, had been lashing out at DA leader Mmusi Maimane which resulted in the party’s Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen, rising on a point of order.

“The member made very serious allegations against another member without substantive motion, called him a traitor and a variety of other expletives and for that she should withdraw,” Steenhuisen said.

Moments later, while Presiding Officer Thoko Didiza was stating that the matter would be investigated, Steenhuisen rose again to complain of the Minister having directed the comment towards himself and Deputy Chief Whip Mike Waters.

“The Minister leaned across to me and Honrouble Waters and mouthed the words I will f**k you up. He must withdraw”.

Masina however rejected the allegations, which resulted in Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, stating that the Minister was “known for using foul language even on television”.

Earlier, Masina, allegedly referring to Ndlozi, indicated that the ruling party would not allow “self-acting Mr Parliament to continue misbehaving for the sake of television. We have schemes for acting at the Department of Trade and Industry to help him”.

 

CAPTION: Still image of Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Mzwandile Masina, moments before allegedly telling Democratic Alliance MP's "I will f**k you up" in Parliament yesterday IMAGE sourced from eNCA