The South African delegation to the Pan-African Parliament has chastised MPs from two regions after the session descended into chaos on Monday due to the rotation of the institution’s presidency.
On Tuesday, Amos Masondo, chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and leader of the South African delegation, condemned the actions of the eastern and western caucuses for not adhering to the AU principle of rotating the presidency.
When lawmakers squabbled, chaotic scenes ensued. Another delegate allegedly assaulted ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina. She stated that she would file criminal charges against the individual.
The continental parliament has been meeting in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, to elect a new president.
Masondo stated that the actions of the eastern and western caucuses should be condemned.
He claimed they had disregarded Au’s advice to rotate the PAP presidency.
[In Case You Missed It 🎥]: A member of the Pan African Parliament assaulted our CIC @Julius_S_Malema in the house today.
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The southern and northern regional caucuses are the only ones that have not held the presidency of the continental parliament since its inception in 2004.
“The two caucuses have been using their majority in the continental parliament to ensure that only their candidates occupy the presidency, and when it comes time to account, they use the same majority to shield them from accounting for how they spent PAP funds,” Masondo said.
Newzroom Afrika's anchors keep referring to Pemmy Majodina as ANC Chief Whip & Julius Malema as EFF President. They are not at #PanAfricanParliament to represent their political parties. That's why CIC is not wearing red overalls. I thought this was common knowledge….!!
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The protocol of the PAP also calls for the presidency to be rotated on a regular basis.
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First It Was South African Parliament, No One Was So Much Interested Until EFF Enters The House,…I For One Didn't Know Abt This #PanAfricanParliament Until #JuliusMalema Becomes Part Of It,…Deny It All You Want,But EFF Makes A Mark Wherever It Goes pic.twitter.com/IzxBprhpXN
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