We don’t know why soldiers were in Parliament - ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu

The ANC’s Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, says they were also surprised, claiming they don’t know why soldiers were in the parliamentary chamber last night.

Shamiela Fisher, EWN

The Democratic Alliance said on Friday that it will approach the High Court, seeking a declaration that the following actions during Sona 2017 were unlawful:

  • The deployment of soldiers and military police in parliament.

  • The excessive force used by parliamentary security officials.

  • The use of pepper spray in the public gallery.

  • The Speaker’s flouting of procedure when evicting members from the chamber.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham interviewed EWN’s Shamiela Fisher.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

Mthembu says the ANC is deeply disturbed and embarrassed by the conduct of MPs during the State of the Nation Address.

Shamiela Fisher, EWN

The ANC says they’ll be calling on Parliament to deal with the EFF.

Shamiela Fisher, EWN

The ANC condemns the DA for using Parliament to get a moment of silence for the 94 psychiatric patients who died in Gauteng.

Shamiela Fisher, EWN

Also take a listen to Jackson Mthembu in conversation with Gugs Mhlungu:


This article first appeared on 702 : We don’t know why soldiers were in Parliament - ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu


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