Opposition party, the Democratic Alliance MPs have once again been walked out of the parliamentary house after making comments against the President, Jacob Zuma.
The opposition party MPs were ordered out by Speaker Baleka Mbete, during a debate on 16 days of activism against gender violence and child abuse which descended into the usual shouting match on Tuesday.
Mbete ordered the MPs out for saying “JZ 783”, a reference to the 783 corruption charges President Jacob Zuma could face. One of the DA MPs, Denise Robinson also made reference to former ANCYL branch leader Patrick Wisani’s murder conviction in her speech.
“Madam Speaker, you are a joke,” DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said as his MPs were shown the way out of the joint sitting.
“We will see you in court,” he added.
Robinson’s comment on Wisani’s case drew much controversies as he referred to Wisani’s criminal case as a proof of the ruling party’s attitude towards women.
“This gentleman motivated his application for bail on the grounds that he was an ANCYL branch chair and wanted to campaign for them.
“No sense that murdering a woman mattered and no belief that he would not be welcomed in the party.
“He even joked that he would start an ANC branch in prison. Does this show any respect for the rule of law?
“Perhaps he is just following the example of his leader, JZ 783. One can’t help remembering ‘Khwezi’, and the fate she suffered,” Robinson said, referring to Zuma’s 2006 rape accuser, Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo.
To this, the ANC MP, Bhekizizwe Radebe objected, saying Robinson used “offensive language” in describing Zuma and should withdraw the remark.
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Steenhuisen tried to object, but Mbete shut him down and asked Robinson to withdraw the comment.
“Honourable Speaker, I’m confused. What is derogatory about saying ‘JZ 783’?” Robinson asked.
“You are casting aspersions,” Mbete replied as an EFF MP crowned it all by saying “There is no JZ 783 in this House.”
Mbete then went on to say if Robinson would not withdraw, she would be asked to leave the House. She refused, and the party left with her.
As the DA MPs were leaving, Steenhuisen told Mbete the party would take her to court. He said the rules did not allow her to make such a ruling, due to the fact that it was a joint sitting with the NCOP.
The matter of Zuma’s corruption charges is currently before the Supreme Court of Appeal, after the High Court in Pretoria ruled that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should review its decision to drop the case against him.