Parliament Rule Book: Disruptive conduct by MP's not tolerated

National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete called a special Rules Committee meeting today after President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session was disrupted by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) last week.

Parliament’s Rules Committee is considering amendments to the existing rules on how to handle disruptions during the National Assembly sittings.

One of the proposed rules provides for the removal and suspension of members of Parliament for disruptive conduct.

CapeTalk presenter John Maytham spoke to Rahima Essop, Eye Witness News reporter about the outcomes of the Rules Committee meeting:

Other political parties, the ANC, DA and the rest are broadly in support of the amendments to Parliament rules, particularly in dealing with disruptions in the National Assembly. Now according to these amendments, it says that the Parliamentary Protection Services should be allowed to remove MP’s who are causing disruptions in the house. If there’s any disruption, the speaker will call the Sergeant at Arms and if the Sergeant at Arms is unable to remove the disruptive member then the Parliamentary protection service will be brought in to remove the member

Rahima Essop - EWN

According to Essop, there’s also an agreement to the amendments that the Parliamentary Protection Services should not be armed. However, the EFF is saying that no MPs should be removed arbitrarily from the house for anything that they say in the National Assembly.

The EFF has also said that the problem is not with them but with the presiding officers who are often bias because they belong to the ruling party and decisions are determined by the ANC.

Listen to the full conversation between John Maytham and Rahima Essop:


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