Calls for Parliament to revise House rules following chaotic Sona debate

CAPE TOWN - Parliament was again the scene of chaotic scenes on Tuesday during the debate on the State of the Nation Address.

EFF leader Julius Malema was thrown out of the chamber after accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa of gender-based violence. 

Opposition parties say it’s time to tighten the rules to stop the House from being brought into disrepute.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu slammed the EFF's disruptions at last week's Sona during his time to address the House.

It wasn’t long before the situation denigrated again. 

READ: EFF MPs leave Sona debate after gender violence accusations

The ANC’s Boy Mamabolo alleged Malema was being abusive towards his wife, but the EFF leader turned the tables on the ANC.

He asked if Ramaphosa could answer the question: Did he beat his late wife?

Malema refused to withdraw the remarks, and NCOP chairperson Amos Masondo asked him to leave.

DA MP Natasha Mazzone rose to draw attention to the use of gender-based violence as a political ploy.

READ: MPs call for consequences following Sona delay

"Women in this country suffer from post-traumatic stress and from stress disorders because we are under siege.

"When this kind of thing is made light of to make political point-scoring a big deal in this House, it is appalling," she said.

"If anyone in this country thinks that what just happend in this House is aceptable, they certainly need their heads read.

"We as Parliament need to now stand together and say: Enough is enough."

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The ANC's Deputy Chief whip Doris Dlakude says Parliament's House rules need to be revised.

She says it was neither the time nor place for the EFF to grandstand.

“We urge as the ANC that there is a need to relook into the rules and make sure that we tighten them so our rights as MPs are not trampled on by a minority group in this Parliament.”