In South Africa Row in parliament after MP catches colleague sleeping

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Maite Nkoana-Mashabane caught sleeping in parliament

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A row has broken out in South Africa after an opposition Member of Parliament called out a colleague for sleeping while the house was in session.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, a member of the radical leftist party; Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) called out South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane when he caught her dozing in the chamber.

Ndlozi raised a point of order to which he criticised the minister who was surprisingly still asleep. He sarcastically expressed concern that she may fall over in that angle.

She is still sleeping! We pay you. Don’t sleep here”- he shouted.

It took a fellow close-by to wake her up to figure out what was going. When she was awake, she tried to speak up in apparent attempt to say she was not sleeping to which she was denied. The speaker criticised both of them for causing confusion and for disrupting proceedings in the house.

play A video of the minister having a nap has since gone viral on social media and attracted ridicule from many South Africans.

 

A video of the minister having a nap has since gone viral on social media and attracted ridicule from many South Africans. What makes Nkoana-Mashabane’s siesta shocking was that it happened at the time MPs were debating the very controversial topic of whether President Jacob Zuma should be impeached after the country’s highest court found that he had breached the constitution.

South Africa’s National Assembly is a hot bed of issues with screaming and heckling very common. Since the EFF, led by Julius Malema, was elected for the first time in 2014, the cases of verbal attacks have significantly risen.

In February, members of the EFF were thrown out of parliament for continuously interrupting President Zuma when he was delivery the state of the nation address.

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