'Men in white' will continue to remove unruly MPs: Tsenoli


Party leader Julius Malema and members of his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) clash with Parliamentary security as they are evicted from the chamber in Cape Town, 17 May 2016

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament says it has been left with no choice but to rely on its protection services to remove unruly MPs from the house.

Deputy parliamentary speaker Lechesa Tsenoli says the recent behaviour of some MPs has forced it to broaden the use of the so-called men in white.

The Economic Freedom Fighters have repeatedly been forcibly removed from Parliament after challenging President Jacob Zuma&39;s authority, most recently on 18 May,

Last week, the National Assembly adopted new house rules that allow for the removal of members who, after advice and warning, insist on disrupting proceedings.

“In the manner that we conduct ourselves, all of us like to be called honourable [so] our conduct must persuasively be honourable to the public watching us instead of demonstrating complete refusal  to accept the rules and throw stuff. You don’t do that as an MP,” Tsenoli said.

For the full interview with deputy speaker Lechesa Tsenoli watch the video above.