WC safety committee to question Phiyega over Sona scuffle

Committee members were far from satisfied with submissions from Arno Lamoer relating to the drama.

MPs look on as members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, wearing red uniforms, clash with security forces during the Sona address in Cape Town on 12 February, 2015

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Provincial Parliament's Standing Committee on Community Safety will be writing to the National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega asking for clarity on the events that unfolded at the opening of Parliament.

Committee members were far from satisfied with submissions from Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer relating to the drama.

Committee chair Mireille Wenger says, "The purpose of the meeting is to really understand what was the command and control, what was the role of the Western Cape police officers in all the events that transpired on the day but unfortunately, all these questions were referred back to national."

The police commissioner told the committee that security measures during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) were planned at a national level.

"I'm happy with what happened on the day of the event and I am happy with my police officers and how they behaved themselves. I have no problem in the total running of the operation."

Once the president took the podium at the Sona, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) disrupted him and asked him when he would be paying back the money spent on his Nkandla home.

A debate started between EFF leader Julius Malema and National Assembly Speaker Mbete, who then asked the Malema to leave the chamber.

A group of men in white shirts and black pants entered the room and removed them with force which resulted in scuffles.

The EFF then retreated into their Parliamentary offices to give statements to police.