‘EFF blocks Parly from praising, paying condolences to SA public’

The EFF has repeatedly blocked motions without notice in the National Assembly in recent weeks.

FILE: The EFF’s tactic has angered political parties in the National Assembly. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) politicking has effectively disabled Parliament's ability to recognise achievements or pay condolences to members of the South African public.

The party has repeatedly blocked motions without notice in the National Assembly in recent weeks including a message of support yesterday to Reeva Steenkamp's family on her 32nd birthday.

If such a motion is objected to, it falls away and is not recorded.

The EFF had initially blocked African National Congress motions in the house, but escalated politicking has seen motions by other opposition parties also being blocked.

The EFF's tactic has angered political parties in the National Assembly.

The Democratic Alliance's John Steenhuisen says it's "childish".

"Now it's not possible for Parliament to express itself on incredible achievements by brilliant South Africans or to express itself on condolences."

The Inkatha Freedom Party's Narend Singh says the EFF is retaliating after Parliament adopted a new rule to clamp down on disruptions in the house.

"It's not responsible politics; we are appealing to their good senses."

Parliament is in the process of overhauling the rule book and this issue is expected to be addressed in the process.