WATCH: CHAOS IN #PARLIAMENT #DA and #EFF MPs nearly do fist fight in Parliament. Tempers flared between EFF, DA after #JuliusMalema speech in Parliament – SCUFFLE BETWEEN EFF AND DA MEMBERS DURING PARLIAMENT DEBATE
EFF leader Julius #Malema was in Parliament on 17 September 2019 to debate insourcing of all government employees. The debate ended in a scuffle between members of the EFF and the DA.
An assault-accused EFF MP had to be restrained by his colleagues as tempers flared between the EFF and DA in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
The incident occurred after EFF leader Julius Malema had introduced a debate about in-sourcing in the government.
Malema was walking back to his seat through the DA benches when he suddenly turned around and strode toward DA MP Ghaleb Cachalia and spoke to him, waving his hand in his face. It is unclear what was said between the two.
As presiding officer Madala Ntombela called for order, EFF MP #GodrichGardee also charged in Cachalia’s direction, pointing his finger.
Meanwhile, Malema, who had since made his way back, and EFF MP #MbuyiseniNdlozi had to restrain their assault-accused colleague Marshall Dlamini who grabbed hold of DA MP Denis Joseph’s arm in a heated exchange.
“Honourable House chair can you gain control of the House please?” DA chief whip #JohnSteenhuisen exclaimed, while DA MP Darren Bergman got between his colleague and the EFF MPs.
More finger pointing continued.
“Honourable members, the behaviour is unacceptable, please,” Ntombela said, adding all MPs were responsible for the decorum of the House.
Steenhuisen asked if he would investigate the incident.
“What has just happened here is a gross violation of the rules of Parliament,” Steenhuisen said, as Cachalia nodded his head.
“It is not acceptable for members to be threatened the way they have been threatened,” he added.
Ntombela said he would investigate the fracas.
“I don’t know what must be investigated,” said a smiling Ndlozi. “Because people were talking to each other here. Do we investigate people talking to each other these days?”
Earlier during the sitting, after EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu had passed through the DA benches to his seat, DA MP Cameron Mackenzie rose on a point of order, claiming Shivambu had sworn – using the f-word – at a DA MP.
Shivambu denied this.
Dlamini was seen on video slapping a police officer in civilian clothing earlier this years as MPs were leaving the National Assembly building on February 7 after President Cyril Ramaphosa had delivered his State of the Nation Address.
A charge of assault is currently being heard in a Cape Town court.
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