EFF accuses Mbete of trying to destroy freedom of speech in Parly
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is accusing National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete of trying to destroy freedom of speech in Parliament.
Baleka Mbete has referred EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu to a disciplinary committee over comments he made during last year's motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Shivambu, during the debate last year, said that Zuma would kill his political opponents, including members of his own party.
When asked to withdraw his comments he refused.
According to reports, the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says that protection is provided for the things MPs say in Parliament by the Constitution and the law.
“That's why we reject the referral to the disciplinary hearing as an assault on Section 58 of the Constitution and the rights of our chief whip to freedom of speech,” Ndlozi said.
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