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Parly chaos setting a 'dangerous precedent'

Concerns have been raised about the chaos in Parliament spilling over into provincial legislatures.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura addresses the legislature. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Concerns have been raised about the chaos and unruly behaviour spilling over into provincial legislatures.

On Tuesday, African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members hurled insults at each other during an official sitting of the Gauteng Legislature.

Its understood EFF representative labelled the ruling party the "African National Criminals" and nepotism.

The Star reported that EFF member Mandisa Mashego accused human settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo of only giving jobs to ANC members, relating to a construction project for sanitation upgrades.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says a tone has been set in Parliament and this could set a dangerous precedent.

"What is happening is the theater in Parliament is quite an insult to the ordinary voter, because they expect a lot more from Parliament at the time when the country is going through economic hardships. They expect visionary leadership."

Last week, chaos erupted in Parliament and riot police had to be called in.

ANC MPs had to retrain minister of small business development, Lindiwe Zulu, after a verbal altercation with an EFF MP.

In August, the EFF caused major disruptions in Parliament when they heckled President Jacob Zuma during his question and answer session on the Nkandla report.