A motion proposed by the EFF MPs to congratulate the leader of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema for obtaining his honours in philosophy went horribly wrong.
When the EFF read out the proposal in the House, they made the mistake of referring to Malema as the ‘president in waiting’, sparking heated argument among MPs on Thursday.
The drama unfolded when EFF MP Mmabatho Olive Mokause stood up with the intention of reading a short speech to the House for the leader of the party to be congratulated for his latest milestone. At first, she flowed with the speech until she seemingly made the mistake of referring to Malema as “the president in waiting” and “future” president.
While Mokause also made the mistake of going overtime – a mistake House chair Thoko Didiza was quick to point out, ANC MPs took exception to the fact that she referred to Malema as the ‘next president’ of the country.
Consequently, there was chaos in the House, with ANC MPs objecting to her referring to Malema as a president in waiting and insisting that the party must withdraw the comment before the proposal can be accepted. However, EFF MPs insisted that they reserve the right to write whatever they wish in their proposal and the ANC had no right to object to their motion.
Eventually, the EFF leader did not get his congratulations in Parliament.
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Notwithstanding, the motion to congratulate EFF national spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for obtaining his PhD went smoothly in parliament last week.
Malema graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours in philosophy at the University of South Africa (Unisa) on Wednesday, while Ndlozi officially became a doctor after completing his PHD in Political studies at the University of Witwatersrand in August.