- Tlouamma said that the newly elected deputy president is not a good example of a moral leadership
- He was in breach of the house and was asked to retract his statement, he rejected to do so
- He was then asked to leave the house immediately
On Tuesday, an opposition MP was kicked out of the National Assembly for telling Deputy President David Mabuza that he "lacks credibility" to be the leader of the moral regeneration movement.
MP of Agang SA, Andries Tlouamma‚ was removed from parliament after he refused several requests asking him to withdraw remarks that Mabuza was not credible enough to lead the moral regeneration movement and "needed to be rehabilitated from the premier league".
A discussion based on Mabuza's reply to a question from DA chief whip John Steenhuisen around the work of the moral regeneration movement‚ Tlouamma stated that the newly appointed deputy president was simply not suitable to lead the movement.
"It's unfortunate that you're not a good example of a moral leadership."
"You lack credibility‚ I want to know if yourself‚ you've been rehabilitated since you were part of the premier league‚ the rot of the past Zuma administration. How are you going to champion moral regeneration?"
Mabuza could not respond and the matter quickly escalated into a heated exchange. ANC MP Hlomane Chauke raised a point of order‚ stating that Tlouamma was in breach of parliamentary rules as he was "casting aspersions on the Deputy President" without a substantive motion.
That is when Tlouamma was requested to withdraw his remarks and he blatantly refused to do so.
"I'm not casting an aspersion‚ it's true."
"Honourable member you are worse…you're worse than I thought. You (should) withdraw that remark‚ ask your question and sit down."
Tlouamma quickly retaliated.
"Deputy speaker‚ I don't between you and me [know] who's worse."
He was then ordered to leave the house immedietly.
Steenhuisenhad earier asked Mabuza what he planned to do about political killings in his home province of Mpumalanga.
Steenhuisen cited several cases in which the former Mpumalanga premier was allegedly involved.
Mabuza suggested that the crimes be reported to the police.
"I think honourable members must do the right thing‚ otherwise you must avoid a situation where we going around casting aspersions against people without any due process [being followed].”
"This I take it‚ is just a process to harm their names and their character. But I take it that the law enforcement agencies in our country must do their work without fear of favour or hindrance.”
"So if members here have any information about all the political killings everywhere‚ please confront the law enforcement agencies and report or go to the nearest police station and lay a charge‚" said Mabuza as he pointed toward DA MPs.”
"You normally do that yourself‚ you've laid so many charges. Now it's one thing to go‚ parallel to the law‚ and cast aspersions and not report anything or lay a charge. But laying a charge means you must substantiate. It's easy to cast aspersion but not easy to substantiate on your allegations‚ thank you very much.”.
This was Mabuza first time taking direct questions from MPs since his appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa last month.
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