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.
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.
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._