Members of Parliament have voted in favour of a change to the rules of the house to prevent disruptions to its business. This after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) was temporarily suspended to allow the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to leave the House.
Party members kept rising on points of order, calling for former President FW De Klerk to leave the House for recently admitting that apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
WATCH | Prior to their walkout at #SONA2020 the EFF made reference to an SABC News interview with the last apartheid president, FW De Klerk denying that apartheid was a crime against humanity. FULL INTERVIEW > https://t.co/Kwhd7YG60N pic.twitter.com/VZBssG3ve4
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) February 13, 2020
EFF also wants Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan to be fired for allegedly misleading Ramaphosa on the state of affairs at Eskom.
National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise says they will relook at the joint rules of the House.
“Because they make it very difficult to summarily take the members out we also agree with the suggestion that both houses look at touching the pockets of members. So, we will take the recommendations to the rules but we will also take the grave issue of the disruption to the powers and privileges committee,” says Modise.