SONA Drama Part 7: EFF taking up arms a worry - ANC

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 17, 2015

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has said that threats made by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to arrive at the next Parliamentary session armed, was “extremely concerning”.

Speaking in a statement, the party’s National Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said that the comment made by EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu outside Parliament, shortly after the party’s removal for interrupting President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation Address last Thursday, should not be taken likely.

He also added that proceeding comments made by party leader Julius Malema that National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete wanted him assassinated, was nothing but “sensational”.

“While the events of the State of the Nation Address were extremely unfortunate, the ANC cautions against pronouncement by leaders on all sides of the divide making inflammatory statements which serve to only further polarise our already tense society,” Kodwa said.

“Our constitutional democracy has as one of its enshrined principles the right to free expression, however that right is not unlimited and does not extend to speech which is intended to incite violence.”

The party yesterday also boycotted a scheduled Chief Whip’s forum in Parliament having accused the ANC of not having an agenda.

 

CAPTION: ANC National Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa. IMAGE sourced from citypress.co.za

 

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