PARLIAMENT - ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina on Friday condemned the heckling of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan by members of Parliament (MPs) from the EFF, as did a number of civic organisations.
"This uncouth behaviour by EFF members of Parliament is not only repulsive but is an insult to South Africans from all walks of life who have entrusted members of Parliament with the mammoth task of making laws that govern our sovereign republic, and with the immense responsibility of conducting parliamentary oversight, over the executive arm of government," Majodina said.
She added that the EFF's conduct showed that it had no respect for Parliament as a forum for the exchange of ideas through civilised argument.
"Anarchism can never be a substitute for vibrant and superior ideas. What ensued yesterday was not only an attack on legitimate democratic institutions like Parliament but an attack on the values our country is founded on."
The EFF's Sam Matiase rose to interrupt Gordhan as the minister began delivering his department's budget vote speech in the legislature's room E249 on Thursday afternoon.