One needs a sense of humour in this role, says Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Lechesa Tsenoli, says one needs a sense of humour to remain sane amid the drama in Parliament.

Tsenoli was on Wednesday responding the opposition's action in The House in the failed motion to remove President Jacob Zuma from his position.

702's John Robbie spoke to the presiding officer regarding his role as in the National Assembly.

Listen to the conversation below:

It's a quite a tough one because often because Parliament is a political institution and politicians in it's nature can be very rough.

Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of Parliament

Political parties were speaking to the Speaker about what they were saying on the floor during the long 10 minutes.

Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of Parliament

There is no basis in her interpretation of the Constitutional Court ruling that suggests that she should recuse herself.

Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of Parliament

Lechesa said one needs a sense of humour to fulfill the role of the Speaker in instances where events take an unexpected turn.

It is a function of opposition. Sometimes you prefer to be given a ruling in your favour.

Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of Parliament

We don't live in a vacuum. I don't understand why there is an impression that Parliament is insentive to the issues.

Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of Parliament

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