More chaos erupts in National Assembly

Baleka Mbete suspended Andile Mngxitama for 5 days after he challenged her on her interpretation of the rules.

FILE: Chaos broke out at the National Assembly on 6 November when an EFF MP challenged National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - More chaos in the National Assembly has seen an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Member of Parliament (MP), who defied National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's orders to leave the house, suspended for five days.

Mbete delivered the sanction on the spot while the house was sitting this afternoon, after a fiery confrontation.

EFF MP Andile Mngxitama had challenged Mbete over her interpretation of the rules.

The clashes came while President Jacob Zuma was in the relative calm of the National Council of Provinces, delivering his annual address.

Mbete repeatedly asked Mngxitama to leave the house, but he refused to budge, even when approached by National Assembly sergeant-at-arms Regina Mohlomi.

Mbete refused to recognise EFF MPs rising to object and a Democratic Alliance MP accused her of losing control of the house.

But Mbete allowed proceedings to continue, even though Mngxitama continued to occupy his seat in the house.

Yesterday, Zuma was criticised by opposition MPs for his absence from the National Assembly.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa clashed with opposition parties after they demanded that Zuma address the National Assembly.

Zuma hasn't been seen in Parliament since being shouted down by the EFF in August.

Parliamentary rules state the president must address the house at least four times a year.

Maimane refused to back down saying he wants answers.