African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu has lambasted the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for what he says is their attempt to sabotage the passing of the budget and engaging in thuggery tactics respectively.
Mthembu was referring to this recent events, where the DA staged boycotts of budget votes, and the EFF’s disruptive tactics during President Jacob Zuma’s oral reply to Parliament on Tuesday.
“We welcome the decision to press criminal charges against the EFF members of Parliament for their repulsive acts of blatant violence against the security staff of Parliament.”
Mthembu also had harsh words for the biggest opposition.
“The DA brazenly indulged in silly tactics, including staging walkouts to try to stop the passing of the budgets and deny millions of poor South Africans much-needed services,” says Mthembu.
Both opposition parties reacted immediately.
Journalists were not spared from the wrath of the ANC either
They defended their behaviour saying that it is the ruling party that has violated both the Constitution and the rules of Parliament.
EFF leader Julius Malema was on the campaign trail in Eastern Cape where he met traditional leaders and addressed the community.
He told the crowd that rather than just applauding the party, they should but also defend the Constitution and the future of South Africa by voting for his party on August 3rd.
He also elaborated on Tuesday’s events in Parliament.
“Security was sent to beat us up, and we did not fight them. We blessed them with water, so we are the blessers of Parliamentary security. They must know that when they respond to peaceful protest with violence, they will get violence. We were beaten during Zuma’s state of the nation address, and they even disconnected the jaw of one of our female members of Parliament. We opened a case, and till today no one has been arrested.”
Journalists were not spared from the wrath of the ANC either. Mthembu had serious reservations about their persistent probing on Tuesday’s scuffles.
“Your line of questioning seems to suggest that the ANC is wrong, are you perhaps condoning these acts?” says Mthembu.
Parliament has now adopted all budget allocations.
It will rise next week, and members will effectively be going out to engage in an all-out election campaign for local government elections.