MPs walk out of Parliament

Several opposition parties walked out of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Inside Parliament. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Several opposition MPs walked out of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said they did so in protest.

They were demonstrating against the deputy speaker's decision to order Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosioua Lekota out of Parliament, after he refused to withdraw remarks he made last week.

The Cope leader maintained he was exercising his Constitutional right to freedom of speech.

During the presidency's budget vote last Wednesday, he accused President Jacob Zuma of violating his oath of office.

Lekota said the president failed to protect the rights of artist Brett Murray and that of City Press editor Ferial Haffajee.

Mazibuko said they wanted to show their support.

"We disagree with the deputy speaker's ruling and we walked out of the house in solidarity with Lekota and members of Cope. We were also joined by a number of other political parties."