The DA left the National Assembly at the opening of parliament on Thursday (12/02/15) after presiding officers failed to explain whether police were used to remove EFF MPs.
DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane threatened to leave if the question of whether police were used to remove EFF MPs was not answered.
National Council of Provinces chairwoman Thandi Modise said he was welcome to leave but he was not being told to. “We did not tell you to leave this chamber, if you want to take that decision take it on your own.”
She explained that the parliamentary protection services were called and the security forces working with them. “Yes it isn’t conventional, but it’s not conventional for the joint house to be turned into a question session,” Modise said.
“Can we proceed please?” She said she could not pick out who were police officers and who were not in the group who removed the MPs. All DA members stood up and left the House.
— The Herald PE (@HeraldPE) February 12, 2015