When Mr President comes to Parliament, you can be assured of a rousing time in the National Assembly. President Jacob Zuma was in attendance on Tuesday to present the Presidency’s budget vote, but during the subsequent debate opposition parties used the opportunity to lash him for Marikana, Nkandla and generally inept leadership. ANC MPs were in a fighting mood of their own, however.
If President Zuma was hoping for an easy ride in Parliament for once, one glance at the Economic Freedom Fighter MPs would have corrected that misperception. The EFF’s parliamentary caucus arrived in the National Assembly on Tuesday carrying pieces of paper bearing the words “RELEASE MARIKANA REPORT” in red letters – a reference to the Presidency’s silence on the question of when the findings of the Marikana Commission will be released.
The MPs brandished their placards every time the ANC caucus applauded, or a speaker paused for breath. Speaker Baleka Mbete rebuked them: “If you can’t hold those papers quietly, leave what you are doing and just be orderly!”
But the EFF didn’t have to wait long for Marikana to make its way on to the agenda. Pre-empting further haranguing – and possible legal…
Source : Daily Maverick