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First on EWN: Mathews Phosa pins SA’s protest violence on MPs

Phosa says the conduct of some MPs is shameful & all parties are guilty of disrespecting the House.

FILE: EFF MPs were forcefully removed from the National Assembly on 17 May 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Mathews Phosa has called on political parties to rein in their members to prevent further scuffles in Parliament.

Phosa has described the conduct of some members of the National Assembly as "shameful".

WATCH: _Mathews Phosa talks on what got him into politics and his early days at the ANC _

In the past year, Parliament has seen a number of violent clashes involving MPs and security services.

Phosa says all parties are guilty of disrespecting the House.

"What is happening in Parliament is now happening in the streets of our country. What people have seen in Parliament they're now doing in the streets. They're copying what the parties do to each other in Parliament."

He says, "Parliament has reduced its dignity to the dustbin. It needs to redeem itself and this is the responsibility of all political parties."

ANC 'WILL PAY THE PRICE' FOR BANISHING MALEMA

Phosa has also cautioned the ANC, saying it will pay a heavy price for banishing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

The one-time Mpumalanga premier says the ANC's decision to expel Malema was a big mistake.

WATCH: Mathews Phosa: ANC must stop 'protecting corruption'

Phosa, who defended Malema during his ANC disciplinary hearing in 2012, says the governing party has come to regret the move.

He recently told Eyewitness News he disagrees with the ANC's tendency to opt for the legal route when political problems arise.

"You must solve it politically. Identify areas of difference and find solutions. There are always solutions."

He has labeled Malema the ANC's "love child" and says the ANC should not disregard dialogue.

"I always said there are no dustbins for comrades. Now it is coming back to haunt all of us. In fact, from those dustbins come fat rats who will come back to bite us. And today he is biting us."

Phosa says it's time parties talked, as ordinary citizens are copying the violent exchanges that have rocked Parliament.

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