It was a mouth opening event at a provincial lecture sitting as the leader of the Mpumalanga Economic Freedom Fighters Collen Sedibe was physically bundled out of the venue.
The EFF leader Sedibe who laid criminal charges against provincial legislature Speaker Thandi Shongwe refused to leave when he was asked to, rather he insisted that the speaker desist from protecting ANC members of the legislature from accounting to the people of Mpumalanga.
“I have opened criminal charges against the Speaker, the Sergeant-At-Arms and the three legislature security officials who bundled me out of the legislature sitting,” he said.
Sedibe pointed out that during their oversight visit in Bushbuckridge they found some schools with inadequate classrooms, which they wanted the education MEC Reginah Mhaule to explain but that the speaker shielded her from speaking. Instead she ordered his removal from the sitting.
“We visited the schools around Bushbuckridge and discovered that there was a severe shortage of classes, where learners were using car shade ports as classrooms. All we wanted was to hold the MEC accountable as per our mandate as members of the legislature, but the Speaker failed to elicit a response from the MEC, instead she protected her,” said Sedibe.
Sedibe however acknowledged that out of the three questions he tabled before the MEC, one was attended to leaving the two others which included information on a pupil who drowned while crossing a river to get to school and the one of pupils who study under car shade ports.
Meanwhile, the Legislature spokesperson, Zamagambu Memela-Gamede explained why Sedibe was moved out in such manner. She said Sedibe was bundled because he flouted legislature rules.
The provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala who was unable to immediately confirm the laying of criminal charges against Shongwe helped by African Eye News Service who provided him with a case number obtained from Sedibe. The Police Spokesperson promised to return to us after he has investigated the charges.