Following the controversial conduct of the EFF in Thursday’s State Of the Nation Address in Parliament by President Cyril Ramaphosa,fellow members of parliament have expressed their anger and dismay towards the party for their actions .
The Economic Freedom Fighters, followed on with their threat to disrupt proceedings in Parliament of their demands,that included the dismissal of Gordhan were not met .
Julius Malema, the Red-Berrets party leader led the protests,when he stood up just moments before the president’s address began, he launched a scathing attack on former South African President FW De Klerk, Malema referred to De Klerk as a “Murderer” who had “blood in his hands”,
” You have no right to be here for all that you’ve done, you have no place in our country’s democracy’, Malema said, going on to demand De Klerk leave the house.
Other members of the EFF followed suit one after the other, this led to the delay of Ramaphosa’s speech for another hour.
This has not gone down well with several other political parties,whose members were clearly upset by the situation.
Modise said: “The invitation of De Klerk was done out of goodwill. I am not going to go on and on with this matter.”
Modise accused the EFF of infringing on the rights of members who want to listen to the president to deliver the state of the nation address. The back-and forth-lasted 30-minutes long.
The EFF raised another point of order calling for the president to sack public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan.
“Can we please proceed with the business of this House. I am sure South Africa is not happy with us right now,” Modise said as she called for calm.
In an unprecedented move the Speaker suspended the house. During the house suspension the EFF chanted “De Klerk must go”
Other parties condemned the behaviour of the EFF, calling it “disgusting”.
“This House has been impeded for the last hour and a half and it’s unacceptable. A member is guilty of contempt. The behavior constitutes contempt. They need to be referred to the power and privileges committee, ” DA interim leader John Steenhuisen said.
ACDP Member Steve Swart said: “It’s utterly disgusting and we owe the nation an apology and we need to take action urgently and there must be consequences for this.”
“MPs are gatvol, ” UDM member Nqabayomzi Lawrence Saziso Kwankwa said.
“For an hour we must do this and people are not going to take us seriously as leaders. For an hour we must listen to this squabble. We don’t want to be impeded by the EFF.”
Minister of Public Works Patricia de Lille expressed her disappointment with the disruption and said: “We are setting a bad precedent for people to ignore the ruling of the speaker. The Speaker made several rulings and they have ignored it. That is very bad.”