Response to article titled “ANC condemns unruly DA-led conduct” published in the edition of 28 February 2020

I refer to the above stated article and wish to refute the allegation that “the DA-led opposition alliance resulted in the eviction of two EFF members…” as per the first paragraph.

This statement is deprived of all truth and seemingly seeks to sweep Speaker Sussana Dantjie’s role and responsibility amid the circumstances before our door.
We are however not surprised that the ANC would make such baseless comments, as blame shifting has been part of their leadership style for the past 25 years.
In the article the Chief Whip of the ANC, Paul Sebegoe, expresses their support of the invocation of Section 127 of the Powers and Privileges Act by the Speaker.  It is mind-boggling that the ANC would issue a statement that refers to non-existent pieces of legislation. 
The Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act 4 of 2004 is a small piece of legislation which only has 32 sections.  This proves that the ANC is disturbingly accustomed to misleading the public and underestimates the average South African’s ability to critically assess what we read.
As per media statements published in this regard, the DA fully disclosed reasons for exiting the State of the Province Address (SOPA) event, among which the suspected illegitimacy of the Premier to deliver this speech is one.
If the Speaker permitted us to raise our points of order, the sequence of events would have been averted. Sadly, this was not the case and things quickly escalated.
We as the DA will however not take responsibility for the actions of any other Member of the Provincial Legislature, security or police officer and wish to emphatically state that we strongly condemn the violence that erupted on that day.
We will not stand by while as our reputation is tarnished by a party who has never taken responsibility for anything.
Regards,
Freddy Sonakile
DA North West Chief Whip