Zuma question time on brink of chaos again
Thomas Hartleb, News24
Parliament – President Jacob Zuma’s question time again threatened to descend into disorder when the EFF took exception to his addressing the party’s members of Parliament (MPs) directly on Thursday.
"The president directly spoke to us," EFF MP Floyd Shivambu protested to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.
"The president must respect the rules of this House. Call him to order. Don’t be afraid or we are going to get those securities to remove him here. He must speak to us through you. Please call the president to order," he demanded.
Zuma was replying to a question from EFF MP Hlengiwe Maxon when he interrupted himself to object to the talking from the EFF benches.
"Madam Speaker, I am talking to the members who are talking," he said.
Shivambu said in terms of Parliament’s rules MPs were allowed to speak to one another.
During the bickering that followed, ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley stood up and tried to raise a point of order.
"If she doesn’t have a point of order she must shut up and sit down," EFF MP Godrich Gardee said.
Dudley said she wanted to mention the public gallery was participating in the discussions.
"The guests in the gallery are welcome, but they are not expected to participate by clapping, that is a political activity reserved for the floor here," Mbete said.
EFF leader Julius Malema then tried to raise a point of order.
"What now Honourable Malema?" a clearly exasperated Mbete asked.
He repeated Shivambu’s point Zuma had to address them through Mbete.
Mbete ordered him to take his seat, which he did.