Mantashe: Parliament has a duty to protect its dignity

The ANC secretary-general has called on Parliament to tighten its rules.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says Parliament has a duty to protect its dignity and therefore must be less tolerant of deviant behaviour.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe held a briefing following the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which was held at the weekend.

One of the issues discussed was the extent to which Parliamentary processes have descended into chaos.

Mantashe said he never called for Parliament to protect President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa but he is calling on Parliament to tighten its rules.

He said the NEC has noted how Parliamentary processes have descended into chaos resulting in unruly and offensive behaviour towards the ruling party under the guise of the right to be robust.

Mantashe questioned how showing the middle finger to Ramaphosa can be seen as robust.

He was referring to Economic Freedom Fighters Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu who made the gesture in Parliament last week.

Mantashe said this sort of behaviour prevents important issues from being discussed and addressed.