More delaying tactics in Parliament

ANC MPs resorted to filibustering to delay a debate over a motion to censure Jacob Zuma.

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane challenges Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during a question and answer session in Parliament on 19 November 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - For a second time in two weeks, Members of Parliament (MPs) have resorted to filibustering, to delay a debate in the National Assembly.

The majority African National Congress (ANC) MPs launched a filibuster to delay a debate on the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s motion of censure against President Jacob Zuma.

But by late last night, the fiery debate went ahead.

Tempers flared as DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane opened the debate by calling on MPs to vote to censure the president.

In her response to Maimane, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula fingered a pack of five young men in the DA, who she said only knew about the struggle from history books.

"Some of us have had to fight. We've had to fight to make sure that today you are where you are. And to make sure that you can even marry a white woman, a black woman, a coloured woman and an Indian woman."

In the end the motion was rejected.


Leaders from 11 opposition parties met with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, to initiate crisis talks at Tuynhuys on Tuesday.

The talks were aimed at putting Parliament back on track.

Ramaphosa announced he will chair a multi-party committee comprising of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and a representative from each party to find solutions to tensions that have brought Parliament to near breaking point.

Ramaphosa said an agreement has been reached with opposition leaders on a number of points that will allow for Parliament's dignity and its standing in the eyes of the public to be restored.