Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday delivered his budget vote address having stood his ground against physical intimidation by EFF MPs. 'We survived apartheid. We will survive this fascist populism,' he said. And the point was made: The political noise of a populist agenda would not be allowed to overshadow the rebuilding of South Africa after the wreckage of State Capture.
EFF MP Sam Matiase rose to describe Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan as a "constitutional delinquent" in relation to a report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the EFF's newest bestie, even as it's being interdicted and taken on review.
"The minister before us must respect the remedial action. He rendered himself a constitutional delinquent. We cannot listen to him."
Although presiding officer Mmatlala Boroto dismissed the point of order, saying it was a point of debate, the EFF, which had loaded the benches in the E249 parliamentary venue, persisted. Said EFF MP Ntokozo Hlonyane:
"This man is not going to speak today. And it's not going to happen. And we'll not leave the House".
And then Matiase got up from his seat to cross the floor of the House to stand near Gordhan at the speaker's podium in...
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