As Pan African Parliament Kicks Off South Africa, Male MP From Senegal Kicked ANC Female Whip

A session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) descended into chaos on Monday, with a ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina being kicked.

A male MP from Senegal kicked Majodina during a scuffle between MPs from francophone and anglophone countries over the election of new PAP leadership. The MP, identified by Majodina as “honourable Jibiri from Senegal”, later apologised — and told the SABC that he had been trying to kick a cellphone which was held by a male Zimbabwean MP who was filming him.

Majodina, who had earlier said she would be opening a case of assault against the Senegalese MP, accepted the apology.

“He was really apologetic and very sorry, and I told him this [would be] a serious case of gender-based violence in SA. You don’t beat up a woman. He has apologised and I have no qualms in accepting an apology, because this was a hot fight and it might happen that I was caught up in that crossfire,” said Majodina.

Explaining what had happened earlier, she said: “I was sitting on my chair. I had been calling for order, saying, ‘Let the house adjourn and call the AU [African Union] to come and intervene and conduct elections.’ As I was doing that I could see there was a scuffle down there. People were fighting physically.”

Majodina said she then saw Jibiri in a scuffle with another MP and approached them to make peace.

“I was trying to separate them. It was at that stage that I was attacked by Jibiri, who is the chair of the rules [committee], and he kicked me,” said Majodina.

Source: Times Live

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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