The ANC in Parliament took some tough decisions at its weekend lekgotla on the conduct of members of the national legislature as well as focusing on local government ahead of the crucial 2016 polls.
While ANC chief whip Stone Sizani yesterday did not want to go into detail on the specific decisions taken he said the ruling party looked at these issues at length.
The ANC caucus had held a three-day lekgotla at Parliament, which was chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, which ended yesterday.
Sizani said the issue of the discipline of members of the national legislature received attention.
This was in reference to the chaos caused by EFF members during the state of the nation address in June and last week during the debate on the budget vote for the Presidency.
President Jacob Zuma also read the riot act to members of the House for their ill-disciplined conduct.
He said he would be failing in his duty as a leader if he did not reprimand members who were chaotic, causing disruption during proceedings and throwing
Last Wednesday EFF members interjected several times when Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said they were misleading the public and the poor by trading their Gucci suits for overalls.
EFF members also screamed at Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela when he drew a comparison of their leader Julius Malema to Adolf Hitler.
The EFF members had also refused to call ministers by their titles, constantly referring to them by their first names.
Sizani said this behaviour was not acceptable.
“We touched on both topics, but we will give more tomorrow (yesterday),” he said in reference to the ANC’s press conference on the outcome of the lekgotla.
Sizani also said the issue of local government was discussed by the lekgotla.
He said the matter was discussed at length by the parliamentarians of the ruling party.
During the swearing-in of new members in May, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said local government would receive attention from the new members. He said this was a priority for the ANC.
He described local government as the coalface of service delivery.
The ANC is facing a threat from the opposition in the metros in the 2016 local government elections.
The party’s support in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay declined during the May polls, prompting analysts to warn of a potential loss of these metros to the DA or opposition coalitions.