DA's Maynier kicked out of parly for Gupta dig

01 June 2017 - 11:27 By Babalo Ndenze
David Maynier of the DA addresses the debate in parliament on the landing of the Gupta plane at Waterkloof airforce base
David Maynier of the DA addresses the debate in parliament on the landing of the Gupta plane at Waterkloof airforce base
Image: Trevor Samson

DA MP David Maynier was booted out of the National Assembly on Wednesday night for refusing to withdraw a statement that the Gupta family were President Jacob Zuma's "number one clients."

Maynier‚ who is no stranger to being evicted from the National Assembly chamber‚ was the only MP to be kicked out during a relatively calm sitting to debate Zuma's budget vote.

EFF MPs had snubbed Zuma's budget speech‚ in keeping with their decision not to recognise him as a legitimate president of the republic.

"The truth is President Zuma's midnight cabinet reshuffle had nothing to do with improving efficiency and effectiveness and everything to do with capturing national treasury for his number one clients‚ the Guptas‚" said Maynier.

He said had the president been serious about improving service delivery and government efficiency‚ he would have fired social development minister Bathabile Dlamini and former communications minister Faith Muthambi.

National Assembly house chairperson Cedric Frolick asked Maynier to withdraw following complaints from ANC MPs‚ who said the remarks were unparliamentary.

"When referring to the president's reshuffle‚ you said he was doing it for his number one client‚ the Guptas. No member may impute improper motives to another member. I'm asking you now‚ for the third time‚ to withdraw the remark‚" said Frolick.

But Maynier stuck to his guns and refused to withdraw before Frolick gave him his marching orders.

His DA caucus gave him a standing ovation as he walked out.

- TMG Digital/TimesLIVE

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