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“Minister must retract vulgar comments” - EFF

By Charl Bosch - May 27, 2015
“Minister must retract vulgar comments” - EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have called-on Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Mzwandile Masina, to apologise for making vulgar threats in Parliaments yesterday.

Addressing The House during President Jacob Zuma’s budget speech, Masina mouthed the words “I will f**k you up” to Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip John Steenhuisen and Deputy Chief Whip Mike Waters after earlier referring to party leader, Mmusi Maimane, as a “sex pest, traitor, drug lord, sell out and puppet of the master”.

Speaking in a statement, EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, whom Masina had allegedly referred to as “the self-acting Mr Parliament who misbehaves for the sake of television,” said that the Minister must retract his comment after denying that he made threats against the DA.

“He represented the executive in the Budget Vote and must honourably withdraw because he does not do so, any other member of the executive may feel empowered to freely threaten the opposition, insult it and go unpunished,” Ndlozi said.

“In any debate, no matter how robust a person wants to be, they must never degenerate into insults and threats as Mzwandile Masina did. His actions are dishonourable, disreputable and violate the very democratic values that Parliament seeks to preserve and protect”.

Proceedings to the debate threatened to descend into chaos after Ndlozi had enquired as to when Zuma was going to release the report relating to the deaths of the 34 Lonmin Platinum mineworkers at Marikana in 2012.

Told by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete that the matter was not related to the agenda of the day and to sit down, a shouting match ensued with party members later seen holding papers with the words #ReleaseMarikanaReport written on it.

Later during his address, Ndlozi accused Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of being responsible for the tragedy before lying into Masina’s comments about him.

“If he thinks I am Mr Parliament then he should know that we are not only better looking than him, we are better in everything and anything he can imagine. Perhaps when President Zuma looks at him and he looks at us he wishes he had us in his cabinet.

“At least we did not suffer from the Nyaope delinquent speech diarrhoea characterised by the political in articulation. We are self-made. He is just affiliated,” Ndlozi remarked, before repeating a previous statement that Zuma was a “sick man proceeding over a sick government”.

“If you are looking for a cure, release the Marikana report. Give us a date and time. In that report is the cure because your friends in the presidency - we will ensure they are going to jail”.