Mbete condemns Mngxitama’s conduct in Parliament following scuffle

Baleka Mbete will ask for a report from the committee chair, Yunus Carrim, and Trade and Industry Committee chairperson, Joanmariae Fubbs, on the incident.

FILE: National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN – National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says the clash between Black First Land First members and the chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance on Wednesday is unacceptable.

Mbete will ask for a report from the committee chair, Yunus Carrim, and Trade and Industry Committee chairperson, Joanmariae Fubbs, on the incident.

BLF convener Andile Mngxitama and Carrim were involved in a heated exchange after Mngxitama referred to Fubbs as “fascist” and Carrim ordered him to leave during public hearings on the transformation of the financial sector.

Parliament has condemned the incident.

Party whips raised the issue at this morning’s national assembly programming meeting.

Mbete says the matter is of great concern.

“What I saw on TV is totally unacceptable and cannot be associated with this Parliament and the culture that is expected of this Parliament.”

African National Congress Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu wants action against Black First Land First.

“We must find a way of sending a very clear message that Parliament is not a playground for thugs and criminals.”

Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says guidelines should be issued on the conduct expected of those who come to Parliament to make submissions.