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ANC worried by 'declining tolerance' of MPs

ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said MPs behaved distastefully in Parliament on Tuesday.

COPE President Mosioua Lekota. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday said it was concerned about the decline in tolerance, mutual respect and common decency in Parliament.

On Tuesday, a row erupted over Congress of the People (Cope) Member of Parliament (MP) Mosioua Lekota's ejection from the National Assembly.

Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo ordered him to leave after he refused to withdraw his criticism of President Jacob Zuma.

Lekota accused the president of not adhering to the Constitution after his legal team failed to hand in the so-called 'spy tapes', as order by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The secret recordings were used to clear Zuma of corruption charges.

ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said, "The chaos and disorder in the National Assembly on Tuesday, which included the banging of tables, represented one of the lowest points in the history of our multi-debates."

Lekota recently called for Zuma to be impeached for defying the Bloemfontein court's an order on the issue.