After the rowdy session which greeted President Jacob Zuma’s inglorious State Of The Nations Address (SONA 2017), parliament has referred the unfortunate incident to a committee in order to ascertain all allegations related to the violence.
The various disruptions on the floor of Parliament, which led to the forceful ejection of Willie Madisha as well as the brutal evacuation of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) boss Julius Malema, left some of his members with various degree of injuries.
In line with Parliament rules, the removed MPs are suspended for five working days.
Speaker Baleka Mbete and the National Council of provinces Chairperson, Thandi Modise made the announcement in Parliament’s Announcement, Tablings and Committee (ATC).
“The circumstances of the physical removal of Mr W M Madisha (Cope) and members of the Economic Freedom Fighters from the Joint Sitting during the state-of-the-nation address on Thursday, 09 February 2017, together with the unrevised Hansard, minutes and a video recording of the proceedings in question have been referred to the Joint Rules Committee in terms of Joint Rule 14GA (13) for consideration,”.
In view of the violence, secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana established an inter-divisional committee to investigate various allegations around the incident.