During yesterday’s SONA debate, DA MP Phumzile van Damme was repeatedly called a “straat meid” by a male member of the ANC without sanction …
“Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces‚ Thandi Modise was clearly taken aback by the slur, but still took no action,” said DA MP John Steenhuisen who said he would be writing to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, and Modise, to object in the strongest possible terms to their lax approach to dealing with misogynistic and racist comments directed at DA members by ANC speakers.
“This disgusting, racist slur has no place in Parliament and it is abhorrent to think that an MP would debase another member and themselves by uttering such a thing in the Legislature. Is this the ‘moral compass’ of which Jeff Radebe spoke?”
According to Steenhuisen, “the Speaker is once again showing her bias and selective judgement in tolerating abuse and profanities emanating from the ANC benches.”
On the night of SONA an ANC member directed a loud “f*ck you” at the opposition benches.
“This profanity is not only recorded in the Hansard, for all posterity to see, but also caused a social media sensation when the sign language interpreter repeated it. It is a disgrace,” said Steenhuisen. “The indiscipline of the ANC caucus cannot be tolerated. Opposition Members of Parliament are entitled to protection from an unbiased Speaker and should be shielded from abusive language and scurrilous, disruptive points of order.”