Parliament condemns slapping of police officer by EFF MP

Warrant Officer Johan Carstens

Warrant Officer Johan Carstens

Presiding officers will allegedly await a full report on the matter in order to determine an appropriate course of action.

Parliament said in a statement on Friday that its presiding officers condemned an alleged assault of a plain-clothed police officer by an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP shortly after the state of the nation address on Thursday night.

Video of the incident has gone viral showing EFF MPs in a scuffle with security officials after the Sona, ending in an officer being slapped.

The statement from parliament said: “An initial report alleges that Warrant Officer Johan Carstens, responsible for cordoning off the exit area for the procession, faced sudden confrontation and was attacked by the EFF MP, resulting in facial injuries.

“Officer Carstens has opened an assault case with the police.”

The statement went on to describe the conduct of the MP as “shameful”, while at the same time confirming parliament was probing the matter.

“The presiding officers will await a full report on the matter in order to determine an appropriate course of action.”

– African News Agency

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