Mpumalanga leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Collen Sedibe has laid criminal charges against provincial legislature Speaker Thandi Shongwe after the opposition politician was bundled out of a sitting.
The drama unfolded when Shongwe ordered Sedibe to leave the makeshift legislature sitting held in Acornhoek last Thursday.
Sedibe refused to leave, but instead accused Shongwe of protesting ANC members of the legislature from accounting to the people of Mpumalanga.
“I have opened criminal charges against the Speaker, the Sergeant-At-Arms and the three legislature security officials who bundled me out of the legislature sitting,” he said.
He said that during their oversight visit in Bushbuckridge they found schools with inadequate classrooms, which they brought to the attention of education MEC Reginah Mhaule.
“We visited the schools around Bushbuckridge and discovered that there was a severe shortage of classes, where learners were using car shade ports as classrooms. All we wanted was to hold the MEC accountable as per our mandate as members of the legislature, but the Speaker failed to elicit a response from the MEC, instead she protected her,” said Sedibe.
Sedibe acknowledged that the MEC responded to one of three questions. The two questions that were not responded to included information on a pupil who drowned while crossing a river in order to get to school and the one of pupils who study under car shade ports.
Legislature spokesperson, Zamagambu Memela-Gamede, said Sedibe was bundled out of the legislature sitting because he flouted legislature rules.
Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala could not immediately confirm the laying of criminal charges against Shongwe. However, African Eye News Service provided him with a case number obtained from Sedibe.
“I will look at it and come back to you,” said Mohlala on Monday afternoon.
– African Eye News Service