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Row sparks walkout in Cape legislature

An ANC supporter holds a flag of the ANC while the President Jacob Zuma addresses ANC Gauteng Cadre Assembly in Pretoria. Picture: Phill Magakoe

An ANC supporter holds a flag of the ANC while the President Jacob Zuma addresses ANC Gauteng Cadre Assembly in Pretoria. Picture: Phill Magakoe

Published Dec 3, 2014

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Johannesburg - The African National Congress walked out of the Western Cape legislature on Tuesday in protest against Premier Helen Zille's refusal to withdraw a comment, the provincial branch of the ANC said.

“The ANC left the sitting of the legislature after (deputy speaker Piet) Pretorius gave a different ruling to accommodate Zille,” said Pierre Uys, the ANC chief whip in the province, in a statement.

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The SABC reported that Zille claimed ANC leader in the legislature Marius Fransman had deliberately distorted her words in a debate on education.

The ANC said this was deemed unparliamentary, but Zille refused to withdraw her remark and threatened to leave.

The SABC quoted her as saying: “It cannot be that we have more freedom of speech outside this house than we have in this house.”

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The ANC said Pretorius would “make known his new ruling on Wednesday morning”.

Sapa

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