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'If Mbete bans 'points of order', it's an infringement on the rights of MPs'

The stage is set for what is expected to be an eventful 2016 State of the Nation Address, with threats of disruption from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

EWN's parliamentary correspondent Gaye Davis says that if National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete decides to ban points of order or points of privilege, it would be in breach of MPs constitutional rights.

My understanding is that points of order and points of privilege are allowed.

Gaye Davis, EWN parliamentary correspondent

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Meanwhile, political analyst Ralph Mathekga says it is risky for the EFF to engage another line of questioning during the National Assembly.

The President doesn't owe the EFF, or any party for that matter, an explanation on why he fired former finance Nhlanhla Nene.

Ralph Mathekga, independent political analyst

It looks as if the EFF is determined to push the politics of disruption to the utmost and people are actually interested in hearing the President's speech.

Ralph Mathekga, independent political analyst

It's a risky move and I think they are testing how far they can take it.

Ralph Mathekga, independent political analyst

This article first appeared on 702 : 'If Mbete bans 'points of order', it's an infringement on the rights of MPs'


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