WATCH: 'Step aside Mbete' demands opposition

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Parliament, 05 April 2016 - Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete was told to step down and recuse herself from the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

Parliament, 05 April 2016 - Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete was told to step down and recuse herself from the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

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Parliament, 05 April 2016 - Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete was told to step down and recuse herself from the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

Parliament, 05 April 2016 - Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete was told to step down and recuse herself from the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

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PARLIAMENT – Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete was told to step down and recuse herself from the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

Floyd Shivambu, deputy President of the Economic Freedom Fighters spoke first during the debate for President Jacob Zuma&39;s impeachment.

Last week Thursday the Constitutional court ruled that the President Zuma and the National Assembly violated the Constiution with regards to payments for non-security related upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead.

"You must recuse yourself as presiding officer today, because the Constitution found that you violated the rules of Parliament. You are not supposed to be the presiding officer here, everything you do is illegal," said Shivambu.

"Step down so that we can have a rational debate today," he said.

Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen said that if Mbete stepped down she would “restore the credibility of Parliament.”

 

 

 

Newly appointed chief whip of the ANC Jackson Mthembu said that members of Parliament should read the constitutional court judgment,

“I remind you honourable speaker to remind them to read the judgment. There is no recommendation for you to recuse yourself,” said Mthembu.

Mbete said there was no need for her to recuse herself because there was nothing in the court judgment regarding this.

 

 

Leader of the EFF Julius Malema said that it would be impossible to discuss Zuma’s impeachment with Mbete as presiding officer.

“You don’t qualify to sit where you are. We can’t discuss Zuma with you presiding over the debate. The best thing you must recuse yourself. Let the deputy speaker sit there,” said Malema.

 

 

"You are not the correct speaker. Baleka listen to me." Julius Malema on his feet.

 

Mbete said there was no need for her to recuse herself because there was nothing in the court judgment regarding this.

 

 

Leader of the Congress of the People (Cope) Mosiuoa Lekota said that as Mbete was one of the respondents in the Consitutional court case regarding Nkandla that she should recuse herself.

“You can’t avoid the direct manner in which it attaches to yourself. Allow for somebody else to preside over these proceedings so that there is a balance,” he said.