Following Malema’s threat to disrupt parliament, – Parliament’s presiding officers has on Tuesday warned members against such acts.
National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise and the National Council of Provinces chairperson, Amos Masondo issued the warnings, in response to Julius’s threats.
Malema, who is the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
had on Wednesday said that his MP’s would disrupt president Cyril Ramaphosa’s February 13 State of the Nation Address (Sona) if he did not fire public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan.
This is the second such threat made by the party about disrupting president Ramaphosa’s speeches, but has never carried on with it. However, during former president Jacob Zuma’s tenure, disruptions were commonplace. Some of the verbal altercations have led to punch-ups.
Modise and Masondo said in their statement that Malema’s threats “were irresponsible and showed a lack of understanding for one’s duty to the public”.
“While the presiding officers would not lose any sleep over such threats as there exists appropriate mechanisms to ensure that no disruption takes place, they find such perennial threats ahead of key parliamentary programmes objectionable and an unnecessary distraction to the institution’s commitments to South Africans.
“The complex challenges confronting our country require capable public representatives who endeavor to strengthen parliament’s constitutional function of fearless oversight over the executive, not impede its work.”