In South Africa Parliament sets rules for ‘unruly members’

With President Jacob Zuma due to appear before Parliament in a couple of weeks, the issue of disruptions in the National Assembly was again in the spotlight on Tuesday as the rules subcommittee worked to finalise regulations to deal with unruly members.

Working towards an interim solution to deal with members who refuse to leave the chamber when instructed to by a presiding officer, members of the committee spent the afternoon debating the description of minimum force.

They dealt with interfering members and the role of the Parliamentary Protection services, among other things.  

While the technicalities of the wording of the new rules took centre stage, all members agreed that Parliament should never be adjourned due to unruly members unless absolutely necessary because it prevents those who want to work from carrying out their duties. Proceedings could be suspended until the disruptions were dealt with, the committee agreed. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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