Cape Town – EFF and ANC MPs who were involved in a scuffle in Parliament on Wednesday could face disciplinary action for their conduct.
DA MP Dr Annelie Lotriet, who chaired the induction session on law-making Wednesday, said she would today write to Speaker Thandi Modise for members responsible for the chaos to be charged.
MPs are undergoing an induction programme for a week, but the session degenerated into chaos after EFF MPs confronted ANC members across the floor.
Lotriet said it was unacceptable.
“I will be writing to the Speaker and I will ask her to forward this to the ethics committee and the powers and privileges committee,” said Lotriet.
“In terms of the Powers and Privileges Act, you are not allowed to prevent another member to exercise her duty.”
She said this happened when EFF members disrupted the session and defied her instructions to stop.
She said the ethics committee would be dealing with the conduct of the members.
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Lotriet said she was chairing the session on law-making when an EFF MP started insulting and attacking the ANC while she was asking questions.
ANC MPs across the benches of the chamber were not happy about this.
EFF members then walked across the chamber and physically confronted ANC MPs.
This led to a chaotic situation and at that point Modise walked in and tried to separate the two groups.
After she had harsh words for both sides, the EFF walked back to their benches. Some EFF MPs had tried to calm down their colleagues.
This is not the first time the EFF has been involved in physical confrontation in Parliament.
In August 2014, EFF MPs were forced out of the chamber when protesting against former president Jacob Zuma.
EFF MP Marshall Dlamini is facing charges in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court for allegedly slapping a police officer in Parliament during the State of the Nation Address in February.
Parliament on Wednedday issued a list of new committees reconfigured in line with the new Cabinet.
The committees are expected to appoint new chairpersons soon, after some of the former chairpersons were appointed in Cabinet and others did not make it back after the May elections.
Lotriet said she hoped Modise would deal with the matter after she had referred the incident to the ethics committee and powers and privileges committee.