Maimane calls behaviour at Sona debate 'childish' - but what happened when he was an MP?

19 February 2020 - 10:24 By Unathi Nkanjeni
Movement for One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane.
Movement for One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane.
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Mmusi Maimane says Tuesday's squabbles during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa's state of the nation address (Sona) were “childish” - but was it different when he was in office?

The Movement for One South Africa (Mosa) leader said: “I am disappointed with what I am seeing today in parliament. This is not what the nation expects from its leaders.

“The behaviour today was totally unacceptable. Instead of debate we are witnessing childish behaviour, insults and profanity.”

The debate started with accusations of domestic violence levelled against political leaders.

EFF leader Julius Malema accused Ramaphosa of beating his former wife, Nomazizi Mtshotshisa. 

ANC MP Boy Mamabolo questioned Malema about his views on gender-based violence, implying that Malema abused his wife.

Malema denied the allegations, before leaving parliament with his party members.


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TimesLIVE reported that Ramaphosa previously denied attacking Mtshotshisa.

Here’s how things played out when Maimane was an MP.

Maimane vs Ramaphosa

In February last year, there was disruption when Maimane called on Ramaphosa to not absolve himself from the role he played in government under former president Jacob Zuma.

“You didn't arrive on the scene a year ago. Eight times you had the opportunity to save our country from Zuma and eight times you voted to protect Zuma.”

Day one of parliament's debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa's state of the nation address (Sona) address last week took place on February 18 2020. Opposition leaders Julius Malema, John Steenhuisen and Pieter Groenewald led the debate, expressing their unhappiness with Ramaphosa's address.

Maimane vs Zuma

In 2015, Maimane blamed Zuma's government for the country’s problems.

He described the former president as a broken man presiding over a broken society.

Broken record

In 2014, Maimane took jabs at Zuma, describing an address the former president made on job creation as a broken record and repetition.

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