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EFF's walk out of Parliment

The joint sitting of Parliament has now adjourned with National Council of Provinces chair Thandi Modise issuing a strong warning to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema after his party walked out of the National Assembly last night.

Malema was kicked out of Parliament on Thursday during the second day of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate after an altercation with Modise.

He was asked to retract a statement he made on Wednesday about the African National Congress (ANC) government being almost directly responsible for the 2012 Marikana killings, which claimed the lives of 34 striking miners.

Modise, who was North West premier at the time of the Marikana bloodbath, asked Malema to formally withdraw the statement as it was unparliamentary and did not accord with the decorum of the house.

But the EFF president refused and was then asked to leave and EFF MPs subsequently staged a dramatic walkout.

EFF MPs shouted murderer and the ANC killed people through the microphones at their seats as Modise ordered them to leave.

Modise says action could now be taken against the EFF.

The type of behaviour manifested in the house isn't in keeping with the decorum of Parliament and cannot be ignored. This may very well be a matter that could reside under the mandate of the powers and privileges committees.

President Jacob Zuma responded to debate on Tuesday's State of the Nation Address (Sona) this morning.

He said the national interest should not be overshadowed by individuals.

We don't want to deal with one another as individuals because that reduces the debate of the country to individual debate.

ANC LASHES OUT AT EFF

The ANC has lashed out at the EFF, describing the conduct of Malema and its MPs as outrageous and warning it's now pushing for an inquiry.

In a strongly worded statement issued last night, ANC chief whip Stone Sizani said the EFF MP's behaviour has brought Parliament into disrepute.
Sizani said their conduct is atrocious, dressed-up as militancy that's making a mockery of the institution.

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The joint sitting of Parliament has now adjourned with National Council of Provinces chair Thandi Modise issuing a strong warning to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema after his party walked out of the National Assembly last night.

Malema was kicked out of Parliament on Thursday during the second day of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate after an altercation with Modise.

He was asked to retract a statement he made on Wednesday about the African National Congress (ANC) government being almost directly responsible for the 2012 Marikana killings, which claimed the lives of 34 striking miners.

Modise, who was North West premier at the time of the Marikana bloodbath, asked Malema to formally withdraw the statement as it was unparliamentary and did not accord with the decorum of the house.

But the EFF president refused and was then asked to leave and EFF MPs subsequently staged a dramatic walkout.

EFF MPs shouted murderer and the ANC killed people through the microphones at their seats as Modise ordered them to leave.

Modise says action could now be taken against the EFF.

The type of behaviour manifested in the house isn't in keeping with the decorum of Parliament and cannot be ignored. This may very well be a matter that could reside under the mandate of the powers and privileges committees.

President Jacob Zuma responded to debate on Tuesday's State of the Nation Address (Sona) this morning.

He said the national interest should not be overshadowed by individuals.

We don't want to deal with one another as individuals because that reduces the debate of the country to individual debate.

ANC LASHES OUT AT EFF

The ANC has lashed out at the EFF, describing the conduct of Malema and its MPs as outrageous and warning it's now pushing for an inquiry.

In a strongly worded statement issued last night, ANC chief whip Stone Sizani said the EFF MP's behaviour has brought Parliament into disrepute.
Sizani said their conduct is atrocious, dressed-up as militancy that's making a mockery of the institution.

-SAPA

Article Time: 
June 20, 2014 - 1:31pm

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