Tlhaole would be brought before the ethics committee for his unruly behaviour and for disrespecting the house
EFF Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) Shadrack Tlhaole was removed from the house sitting, before the budget speech was delivered yesterday.
Tlhaole then retaliated by shaming the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature Speaker Kenny Mmoiemang for being “unfair and useless as a Speaker”.
ANC members chanted that the microphones of the opposition parties should be switched off and that they should be thrown out of the house.
The speaker warned the opposition that they were disrupting the sitting when they demanded that the premier disclose the charges that she laid with the Hawks regarding the alleged misuse of government funds around the time the new ANC leadership was elected last year.
It was alleged that funds were sourced from the Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism’s Provincial Growth and Development Fund to bankroll the ANC Provincial elective conference that was held in Colesburg.
This money was said to have paid for among others the accommodation of delegates and to buy T-shirts.
Mac Jack in September 2017 indicated that he had not been informed about any progress on the Hawks investigation, while the Hawks previously stated that they were unable to proceed with the investigation due to outstanding statements.
Up until today, the premier has refrained from commenting on the charges.
Tlhaole blatantly refused to leave the meeting, until he was provided with reasons, why he should depart.
“Now you are threatening me by telling me to leave. We are not in a shebeen here.”
He pointed out that Jack was associated with the controversial R26 million.
“Is he an accomplice or was the Premier lying?” He continued that the matter was crying for the Premier’s attention.
“You cannot continue to lie in public.”
Tlhaole also took exception to insults made against his intelligence, where the speaker tried to dismiss his behaviour to being “still grappling with the rules” and repeatedly told him to take his seat, before ordering the sergeant in arms to physically remove him.
Mmoeimang stated that Tlhaole should raise his concerns through the relevant channels and not interrupt the budget speech.
He indicated that Tlhaole would be brought before the ethics committee for his unruly behaviour and for disrespecting the house.
“You are unfair, you are disrespecting yourself,” Tlhaole retorted.
DA MPL Advocate Boitumelo Babuseng jumped to Tlhaole’s defence where he urged Mmoeimang to withdraw his statement regarding Tlhaole being ignorant of the rules of the house.
“You (Mmoeimang) should lead by example.”