EFF Parliament conduct under further scrutiny
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) condemned the conduct of Economic Freedom Fighters (eff) Members of Parliament (MPs) during recent sessions in the House.
The labour body said the opposition party members had been “disruptive” when they heckled President Jacob Zuma, who was proving answers to Parliament regarding the funds spent on propping security in his Nkandla homestead.
COSATU spokesman, Patrick Craven, said the federation discussed the ongoing debates around such conduct by EFF.
“The National Assembly and National Council of Provinces should be forums for constructive debate on the issues of the day.
“There must be a willingness to engage with, and listen to, political opponents to establish the true facts and either reach agreement or agree to disagree,” said Craven.
He added, “Tactics which would be legitimate on a demonstration or picket line, such as shouting slogans, make it harder to achieve this. If such rowdy disruption is allowed to continue, it will set a dangerous precedent which could ultimately undermine our Parliamentary democracy.”
Former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema was influential in the formation of EFF last year.
The party’s legislators are recognisable in Parliament in their red attire such as overalls, aprons and berets, arguing such regalia is inspired by the masses they represent.
– CAJ News
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