Special pre-SONA security training slammed by DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 9, 2015

Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen, has accused the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of trying to “destroy the integrity of Parliament” after a Sunday Times article alleged that 80 members of Parliament’s security staff had been attending self-defence classes in preparation for President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address on Thursday, following threats made by the EFF.

Steenhuisen said that the security members were taken to a training facility on Sunday night where they were taught “manhandling techniques” and shown how to use crowd control gear which included batons, handcuffs and tommy bars.

“The threat and use of physical violence in Parliament is a fundamental violation of the Constitution, and the separation of executive and legislative powers. The theatrics of the ANC and the EFF are a threat to Parliament,” he said in a statement on the DA’s website.

“At a time when our country is in crisis, Parliament should be focusing its attention on the real issues facing South Africans,” said Steenhuisen, adding that he will write to Parliament Secretary, Gengezi Mgidlana, requesting why the matter was never mentioned to opposition parties.

 

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