Reminiscent of former President Jacob Zuma’s administration, chaos erupted in Parliament involving a conflict between certain individuals during an acceptance program of new MPs on Wednesday,
The brief pandemonium seemed to have broken out between African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs prompted Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise to mediate.
Modise has condemned a fight that broke out between Members of Parliament during an acceptance program.
Parliament has since declared it will investigate the occurrence to deflect any repeat later on.
Democratic Alliance MP, Annele Lotriet said EFF MP, Makoti Khawula had held onto the chance to insult the ANC.
“She repeatedly assaulted the ANC and blamed them for electing wrongdoers to Parliament.
This prompted ANC MPs losing control. When one of the ANC MPs reacted to her, I requested calm and attempted to clarify that the reason for the session is to talk how to make laws,” said Lotriet.
Lotriet, led the session to acquaint the government officials with the mechanics of enacting and making laws,
In a Parliamentary proclamation issued on Wednesday, Modise reprimanded the conduct, saying it was unbecoming and strange.
The Speaker, who was in participation yet not leading the session took to the platform.
She appealed to Members to adhere to the decorum and respect the Chairperson of the Session.
“She stressed that it was normal and acceptable to differ in views to arise from time to time.
But it was inappropriate to allow emotions to get the better of public representatives in such fashion,” Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said in the statement.
Besides the unfortunate brief incident, the week-long induction and orientation programme, in both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, is proceeding well.” added Mothapo.
He said the programme will end on Thursday.
The programme’s intention is to make sure capacity for MPs to discharge their Constitutional roles and responsibilities as elected representatives.
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