Disruptions from the
opposition party, the ANC were the order of the day in the State of the
Province Address today.
The session started with the
ANC raising points of orders one after another.
Proceedings got out of hand as
the speaker of the Legislature tried to calm down the house.
Premier Helen Zille’s speech
was delayed for an hour as the speaker ordered to see both party chief whips.
A few minutes later, the
session resumed, just after that, the ANC proposed that the speaker steps down
because she was unfit to conduct the sitting and that the deputy speaker should
take charge of the house.
ANC provincial representatives
lead by Marius Fransman held a brief caucus before the session resumed.
Another successful attempt by
the ANC to have the house suspended emerged and the provincial ruling party had
to dismiss the sitting.
During the sitting, deputy
chief whip of the ANC Ace Tshatsha was suspended in the house with 24 votes
from the majority party voting him out of the legislature and suspended for two
working days, the speaker ruled.
Later, microphones of the
opposition party were switched off.
Again it was reported by the
ANC that there were private security forces in the legislature of which lead to
another chaotic debate between the parties.
DA Leader Helen Zille
addressed the media after the house was suspended and outlined in her speech
areas of concern and that the government will be making changes on, she
mentioned education, safety, transformation, job creation and E-learning at
The joint sitting will resume
next week, ordered the speaker.
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