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Mbete summons political leaders to discuss ‘embarrassing’ behaviour

The parliamentary speaker has told MPs to reflect on how best to restore order to the National Assembly.

FILE: A screen grab of parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete watching on during the 2016 State of the Nation debate on 16 February 2016. Picture: YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - Speaker Baleka Mbete has told Members of Parliament (MPs) to reflect on how best to restore order to the National Assembly.

Introducing Parliament's budget vote yesterday, Mbete told MPs she wants to meet political party leaders to discuss President Jacob Zuma's concern about their 'embarrassing' behaviour.

Mbete says she shares Zuma's sentiments about disorder in the house.

But opposition MPs in the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have on numerous previous occasions blamed her for the disruptions.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says, "It's become a playground for the executive where they are mollycoddled and shielded by a speaker who cannot distinguish between her role as custodian of the institution and her chairpersonship of the African National Congress (ANC)."

EFF MP Thembinkosi Rawula took aim at Parliament's presiding officers saying, "Parliament is failing to defend and protect the Constitution."

Rawula has also said Zuma, who his party calls an 'illegitimate president', is not welcome in Parliament.

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