Amid deepening crisis between ANC members and the President, followed by an increasing report of death threats received by most ANC MPs, Floyd Shivambu is set to return to the parliament’s disciplinary committee to defend his comment in 2016 when he said Jacob Zuma will kill ANC MPs.
The EFF member of the Parliament Floyd Shivambu who is the first to appear before the parliament’s disciplinary committee established under new rules, got himself well prepared to answer questions pertaining his comment in 2016 where he noted that Zuma will not only arrest his MPs, but will also permanently terminate their lives.
The New rules which was adopted in 2016‚ mandated the committee to investigate any alleged misconduct by a member and report back to the speaker. The committe ready to investigate the alleged misconduct include ANC MP Amos Mahlalela‚ the DA’s John Steenhuisen‚ EFF MP Hlengiwe Hlophe‚ the IFP’s Narend Singh‚ Corne Mulder of the Freedom Front Plus and Cheryllyn Dudley of the African Christian Democratic Party. The committee is chaired by the deputy speaker.
This was announced by the Speaker of the House Mtembu on Thursday during the Parliamentary Announcements‚ Tablings and Committee Reports (ATC) document, noting that the EFF MP’s comment during the November 2016 motion of no confidence in Zuma would be referred to the disciplinary committee for necessary actions.
“Following the announcement of the membership of the disciplinary committee on 22 March 2017, the conduct of Mr Floyd Shivambu MP in the National Assembly on Thursday, 10 November 2016, following his failure to withdraw an unparliamentary remark, is referred to the disciplinary committee in terms of Rule 219 for investigation and report,” she announced.
At that time, Shivambu was recalled to have told the ANC MPs that they would would be arrested and killed by Zuma if they make attempt of standing against him as political opponents.
“Before you know it, he would have captured everything. After he has dealt with everyone else, he is going to arrest you,” he told ANC MPs.
“He is going to arrest all of you, he is going to lock you up, he is going to kill you. He has nothing to lose now,” he added, stating that he was ready to defend his comment anytime.
Speaking further at that time, MP Shivambu described Zuma as a “post-colonial disaster” and one of the African dictators who is ready to disregard the rule of law.
“One of the common traits of these people‚ they seek to enrich their families. They seek to undermine the rule of law. They prosecute and persecute their political opponents‚ including members of their own party. And when everything else has failed‚ they kill. They assassinate their opponents,” he said.
When asked by Deputy speaker Lechesa Tsenoli‚ – who at that time chaired the sitting – to withdraw his statement Shivambu refused stating he would defend his words before the committee anytime.
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Speaking on Thursday, ahead of the committee hearing, Floyd Shivambu said that he was aware that he would be facing the committee but had not been contacted with details about when this would be.
He said he stood by the statements and would not withdraw anything.
Meanwhile, Parliament has also referred an allegation of a breach of privilege made by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen to the powers and privileges committee.
The house said on Thursday the powers and privileges committee will investigate in terms of Assembly Rule 31(3), the allegation raised by the MP on 9 March 2017 during questions to the deputy president regarding a failure to inform Parliament about the deployment of the South African National Defence Force during 2016 in accordance with the Constitution and the Defence Act (No 42 of 2002).