Parliament decided on Friday not to charge the EFF after referring to FW De Klerk as “a murderer.
This decision comes after Adv. Ncumisa Mayosi found in an independent legal opinion that co-chairs of the State of the Nation Address, Thandi Modise, speaker of the National Assembly, and Amos Masondo, chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, were too “indulgent” and “patient” and not all rules did not use their disposal against EFF MPs.
Mayosi, who was appointed by the committee for a legal opinion on the powers and privilege, also found that the rules for parliament’s joint sittings were insufficient against disruptive action.
The committee decided on the issue on Friday after Modise referred it to them earlier to determine whether to file a complaint.
The EFF MPs delayed the nation’s state address for one and a half hours on 13 February with repeated points of order against the presence of De Klerk and Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises.
EFF MPs referred to De Klerk as “a murderer”. They blamed Gordhan for the load shedding.
Ramaphosa tried four times unsuccessfully to begin his speech.
Modise and Masondo had their hands full trying to restore order while the EFF MPs made one point of order after another. Things later got so out of hand that the session had to be suspended for a while.
Mayosi told the committee on Friday that she had come to the conclusion that the EFF MPs had not broken any rules with this disruption.