President Jacob Zuma has condemned the behaviour of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), saying it is “shocking and unbecoming behaviour” to be displayed by Members of Parliament (MPs).
Zuma on Thursday replied to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate, when he said it is painful that MPs do not understand their roles as Mps and treat the parliament worse than a “beer hall”.
“The majority of members of parliament understand the serious responsibility that they have been entrusted with and conduct themselves in a manner that gives hope to South Africans,” said Zuma
“However some members or some mps have decided to treat this ogus house like something worse than a beer hall,” he added.
The EFF last week Thursday, disrupted the President’s SONA, saying Zuma is a illegitimate President as the Constitutional Court found him to have broken his oath of office
The EFF’s disruptions led to the National Speaker to rule that the party should leave the chambers. The party was then violently evicted from the house.
Zuma said the conduct of EFF Mps was not doing any justice for the parliament as people are losing respect for the house.
“The conduct we saw in this house traumatised millions of South Africans as well as 12 year old Given Lubisi who came here to impress members of parliament and the nation with his artistic skills,” said the President.
Zuma then called on the Party to not lose track of the nation interest and work towards restoring peace and dignity of the National Assembly.
“Our people elect members every five years to represent them in parliament and to fulfil the tasks outlined in the constitution for the legislative arm of the state,” said the President
“We again appeal to those mps and parties that have taken the decision to cause mayhem in the house to use a available democratic mechanisms to express themselves with the bounds of decency and decorum,” Zuma added.