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While we note his apology, we can't let Shivambu's actions slide - PGA

20 March 2018 8:59 PM
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Parliamentary Press Gallery Association

The Parliamentary Press Gallery Association says it has written to the speaker of the National Assembly to act on the matter.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Press Gallery Association, Andisiwe Makinana says Economic Freedom Fighter's deputy president Floyd Shivambu has crossed the line after assaulting News 24 journalist Adrian de Kock.

Shivambu was caught on camera harassing de Kock outside Parliament on Tuesday, demanding that he delete a picture taken of him.

He has come out to apologise for his actions in a statement, taking full responsibility for the altercation.

READ: EFF's Floyd Shivambu caught assaulting journo

This is not the first time the EFF deputy president has been involved in a row with a journalist.

In 2011, Shivambu faced legal action for calling journalist Carien du Plessis a “white bitch”.

Makinana says the organisation says they have written to the speaker of the National Assembly to act on the matter.

We expected so much more from him, considering his position in the party and in parliament. So we have written to the presiding officer's of parliament. There is code of ethics for MP's.

Andisiwe Makinana, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Press Gallery Association

We believe that, while we accept his apology, we believe that we can't just let it slide. He has a history of verbal abuses against journalists, but he did cross a line when he put his hands on a journalist.

Andisiwe Makinana, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Press Gallery Association

The attempt to justify this incident by saying he was not aware this is a journalist, as if it makes to correct if he was not a journalist, is appalling.

Andisiwe Makinana, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Press Gallery Association

Meanwhile African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip spokesperson Nonceba Mhlauli explains the sanctions that Shivambu may face.

She says an investigation will be conducted to identify two other men seen in the video footage.

WATCH: Journalist to lay charges after EFF'S Shivambu assaulted him

When something like this happens it is important to gather all the facts, other than Mr Shivambu there were also two other gentleman that are unidentified to us at the moment, it would be important to find out who are those gentleman and what were they doing on the parliament precinct that day.

Nonceba Mhlauli , ANC Chief Whip spokesperson

Click on the link below to hear more from Mhlauli...


20 March 2018 8:59 PM
Tags:
National Assembly
Economic Freedom Fighters EFF
Floyd Shivambu
Parliamentary Press Gallery Association

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