ANC surrenders to opposition over Malema’s ejection
Malema was forced out of the house for refusing to withdraw a remark he made about Cyril Ramaphosa.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has surrendered to opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) who've insisted that house chairperson Grace Boroto's decision to eject Julius Malema from the National Assembly last week must be reviewed.
The Economic Freedom Fighters leader was forced out of the house by members of the Parliamentary Protection Services for refusing to withdraw a remark he made about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa when he called him a "murderer".
The ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) clashed during yesterday's National Assembly rules committee meeting over the mandate of the as-of-yet to be established multi-party committee to look into the circumstances surrounding Malema's removal.
The DA's John Steenhuisen said, "No ruling of a presiding officer is completely unreviewable. It would be completely crazy to do so and given the partisan nature of many of the presiding officers in Parliament, I think it would be foolhardy to accept that their rulings are not challengeable."
The appointment of the committee would need to be by a resolution of the National Assembly which is only likely to happen in late October.
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On Saturday, the DA said the fact that Parliament Rules Committee will look into Malema's ejection from the National Assembly is a step in the right direction.
Malema's become the first casualty of a new rule adopted by the National Assembly to clamp down on MPs who disrupt proceedings or pose a physical threat to other members.
Steenhuisen said Malema's removal was a misapplication of the rules and the committee must look into it.
"So I've no doubt that when it comes there will be a proper and full discussion on the fact that the rule that was applied was never intended for the circumstances for which the chairperson deployed it."