Once again an EFF mp has been butted out of parliament for unruly and unparliamentary conduct. It turned out to be a vicious attack of a female journalist Karima Brown.
EFF MP Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi took the saga to the National Assembly on Wednesday and caused another almighty scene of chaos.
The red berets have established their brand of Parliamentary upheaval over the years, as the party have become notorious for disrupting sittings in the house and causing mass punch-ups. In a more serene setting, Mkhaliphi still managed to ruffle a few feathers.
When one politician rose on a point of order to show solidarity with Karima Brown, this irked the EFF .
The party fell out with the journalist after she accidentally sent a message meant for colleagues to a group full of party members. The political outfit has since accused Brown of abusing her power to “spy” on Malema and co.
Mkhaliphi disputed the point of order and slammed the journalist for trying to “infiltrate” the EFF. She was asked several times by the speaker to withdraw her comments, but continuously refused:
“When Karima Brown sends an infiltration SMS, she must not be defended. We must not protect Brown here. This issue emanated from our EFF WhatsApp group. She must not opportunistically use this in her favour.”
The EFF representative carried on this way until the speaker cut her microphone and asked her to leave. She was eventually escorted out of Parliament as her fellow comrades in red argued the case further.
Things have not been pretty over the last 24 hours. After going public with their accusations – and labelling Karima Brown an “ANC operative” – Julius Malema was asked to make an apology to the broadcaster, at the request of South African National Editors Forum (Sanef). Those pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
Brown had her contact details shared when Malema posted a screenshot of her erroneous message. Sadly, that lead to her receiving a deluge of horrendous threats, with some messages threatening to rape the reporter.