EFF members of parliament staged a walkout after leader Julius Malema’s microphone was turned off while he was speaking out against Gordhan.
The Minister of Public Enterprises is being investigated by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for at least four separate issues, including his involvement with a rogue unit at SARS and allegedly lying to parliament about his interactions with the Gupta family.
“I’m ready to receive all the backlash, but I am doing the work and I am not targeting or harassing any minister, or specifically minister Gordhan,” she said when announcing her investigation.
As Gordhan took the stage to deliver his speech during the debate on Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address (SONA), Malema took issue.
“You cannot show the middle finger to a chapter nine institution by allowing a constitutional delinquent to speak in the house,” he said.
At which point his microphone was shut off and the EFF walked out in protest.
[In Case You Missed It]: CIC @Julius_S_Malema raising on a point of order in Parliament.
He asked that the speaker should not show the chapter 9 institution a middle finger by allowing a constitutional delinquent (Pravin Gordhan) to speak in the house. pic.twitter.com/8LWd7LSafI
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) June 25, 2019
The President’s SONA has been heavily criticised by opposition parties during the debate.
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said not enough was done to reduce the size of cabinet and that there should be no more than 15 ministers.
He said Ramaphosa’s dream of bullet trains and a new city meant nothing to the vast majority of South Africans living in poverty.
Freedom Front Plus head Pieter Groenewald praised Ramaphosa’s vision but told him he would need to break away from the African National Congress in order to achieve it.
Malema held no punches, calling the President’s speech misguided, incoherent and contradictory ideas mixed in a bag of fantasies.
He then asked: “What did Madiba see in you that we don’t?”