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Mbete heeds Zuma’s call for her to ‘get her house in order’

The speaker has described MP’s behaviour as embarrassing and says she will discuss this with party leaders.

A screen grab of parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete.Picture: YouTube

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has told Parliament she shares the president's concern about disorder in the house, and that she intends meeting political party leaders to discuss the issue.

Last week, President Jacob Zuma effectively told Mbete to get her House in order, and described the behaviour of Members of Parliament (MPs) as 'embarrassing'.

Introducing Parliament's budget vote this afternoon, Mbete's conceded the atmosphere in the house has been challenging.

She says party whips must ensure their members maintain the decorum of the National Assembly.

"It is only when the eyes of the television cameras are trained on honourable members that the 'sugar rush' tends to kick in, and members disobey the chair as they do."

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) MPs have repeatedly blamed Mbete for the chaos in the House, accusing her of being partial.

WATCH: EFF chucked out of Parliament after denying President Jacob Zuma a chance to speak

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