Parly to probe altercation between Mngxitama, Carrim

Parliament says it is compelled to investigate an altercation between the chairperson of the standing committee on finance and the leader of the Black First Land First Movement.

An altercation broke out between Black First Land First head Andile Mngxitama and Standing Committee on Finance chairperson Yunus Carrim during public hearings on economic transformation on 3 May 2017. Picture: Twitter/@DavidMaynier

CAPE TOWN - Parliament says it is compelled to investigate an altercation between the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Yunus Carrim, and the leader of the Black First Land First Movement, Andile Mngxitama, during a public hearing on transformation in the financial sector.

Carrim asked Mngxitama to leave the venue where the meeting was being held after he allegedly called Trade and Industry Committee chairperson Joan Fubbs a fascist.

Carrim says there needs to be a level of tolerance at the meetings.

“That you can’t say certain things and you can’t disrupt. He would never have stopped, given a chance to reply, I went to him simply to go out of the meeting but he continued to talk outside.”

However, Mngxitama denies this.

He says he was upset by being told to wrap up his remarks due to time constraints.

Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says: “We don’t want a situation whereby members of the public look at his conduct and believe that it’s acceptable. It is just a standard thing to help Parliament decide whether action is necessary or not.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)