The EFF is in For another tussle as the Democratic Alliance (DA) is insisting that the Economic Freedom Fighters immediately suspend one of its MPs‚ Nazir Paulsen for allegedly engaging in a racist rant and using the ‘k’ word in Parliament.
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen revealed that during the budget vote on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Parliament on Tuesday‚ MP Nazir Paulsen referred to DA MP Yusuf Cassim as a “k*****”.
“This disgusting racist behaviour has no place in our constitutional democracy or in our democratic parliament‚ and I therefore demand that EFF leader‚ Julius Malema‚ initiate disciplinary action and‚ pending the outcome‚ suspend Paulsen immediately‚” Steenhuisen blurted out calling the EFF a radical group.
“This behaviour demonstrates yet again that the EFF remains a party that is determined to divide‚ and not unite South Africans. They are simply too radical and extreme to be trusted to govern.”
He also added that the people are supposed to look up to the members of the Parliament, hence, they should lead by example.
“As elected representatives in the people’s Parliament‚ we should be leading by example. It is quite frankly despicable that such an attack could take place within these chambers‚ when racism remains prevalent in communities across South Africa.
He referred to a similar racist rant brought forward by the Mayor of the City of Cape Town‚ Patricia De Lille to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
Steenhuisen added that the DA does not tolerate racism and will not stand by and watch while some people destroy the vision of Nelson Mandela.”
Therefore, in line with the DA’s utmost commitment to eradicating racism‚ Steenhuisen proposes to refer Nazir Pauslen to both the SAHRC and to the Ethics Committee in Parliament for further investigation.