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Modise denounces chaos in Parliament

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.

These pro­grammes cov­er their con­sti­tu­tion­al func­tions, leg­isla­tive process­es, House rules, and poli­cies, amongst oth­ers.

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