MP ejected for saying Deputy President David Mabuza 'lacks credibility'

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 21, 2018

Deputy President David Mabuza's maiden question-and-answer session in Parliament got off to a rocky start on Tuesday, as Members of Parliament (MPs) accused him of not answering questions, and another sneaked in a question about recurring allegations the former Mpumalanga Premier was behind political assassinations in his home province.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen will ask whether Mabuza has engaged any organised segments of society in pursuit of his responsibility as a champion of moral regeneration initiatives since he was sworn in as deputy president on February 27.

He said if MPs had any information on political killings, they must report it.

"It's unfortunate that you're not a good example of a moral leadership‚" said Tlouamma amid loud jeers from ANC benches. But laying a charge means you must substantiate.

"You lack credibility‚ I want to know if yourself‚ you've been rehabilitated since you were part of the premier league‚ the rot of the past Zuma administration".

Tsenoli ruled in favour of Chauke and asked Tlouamma to withdraw his remarks but he refused. "It's easy to cast aspersion but not easy to substantiate on your allegations‚ thank you very much‚" said Mabuza.

Mabuza said the question was not related to what was asked on the question paper, and indicated he would not answer.

"All I can do as a citizen is help the police find a criminal", Mabuza said.

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Parliamentarians used the occasion to put him on the spot on a range of issues from tax evasion to land expropriation and the nationalisation of the South African Reserve Bank.

"This is not accountability", charged Steenhuisen.

But Mabuza was not allowed to respond and the matter degenerated into a heated exchange after ANC MP Hlomane Chauke raised a point of order‚ saying Tlouamma was in breach of parliamentary rules as he was "casting aspersions on the Deputy President" without a substantive motion.

"Make a ruling, not your view that this is a new question...so that we can take you to the rules committee and teach you a lesson", the opposition MP threatened.

ANC MPs said they were exhausted of the "DA's tantrums". "You (should) withdraw that remark‚ ask your question and sit down‚" retorted Tsenoli.

"Honourable member you are worse...you're worse than I thought".

If past years are anything to go by and the tone of Mabuza's first interaction with MPs continues, some boisterous and hostile Q&As could follow in 2018.

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