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ANC MP to face Parly disciplinary hearing over alleged assault threat

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu noted the serious allegations made against the MP and said they’d be reported to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

FILE: Mervyn Dirks. Picture: parliament.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Mervyn Dirks is set to face parliamentary disciplinary proceedings after allegedly threatening and trying to assault a woman who is a member of his own caucus.

A defiant Dirks denied the charge and was allowed to remain in the house in spite of opposition party whips’ objections.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu noted the serious allegations made and said they’d be reported to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

Dirks was later ordered to leave the chamber after repeatedly flashing his middle finger at opposition MPs a charge he also denied.

Eyewitness News understands that the MP allegedly targeted by Dirks is related to one of the party’s top six officials.

House chairperson Cedrick Frolick says he didn’t see the incident and Dirks denied it.

“The racist DA wants to make these allegations in the House… those allegations are devoid of any truth.”

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula urged Frolick to make a ruling.

“If there has been a threat made against a woman in this House, right now and if there is evidence of that, I think you should make a ruling.”

Mthembu told MPs the matter had already been escalated to come before Mbete.

Dirks was later ordered from the chamber for showing his middle finger.