By Kaya 959 News
EFF Member of Parliament, Nazier Paulsen, is set to face disciplinary action over his conduct during a National Assembly plenary earlier this year.
Paulsen is accused of threatening three opposition MPs during a verbal altercation in March.
Parliament’s Powers and Privileges Committee confirmed that it would institute an inquiry into alleged contempt of Parliament by an MP.
Paulsen and Van Damme were asked to exit the plenary.
Paulsen reportedly told Van Damme to “go back to Swaziland”. He also allegedly threatened her with violence. He further allegedly said Mazzone should go back to Italy.
Mazzone then lodged a submission in which she detailed what transpired.
Committee pursues charges against Paulsen
The Committee’s Philly Mapulane said it has accepted the advice by senior counsel that there is prima facie evidence for the committee to sustain a charge of threatened assault, in terms of section 7(d) of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act.
The committee, therefore, resolved to pursue the charges against Paulsen.
“The committee also accepted the recommendation to appoint an initiator in line with the provisions of the Act. The committee has also decided to add a charge of contempt of Parliament against Paulsen for his conduct against the Presiding Officer on the day, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly,” he said.
Paulsen denied the allegations, adding that he would neither threaten to abuse or abuse a woman.
He later shaded Mazzone on Twitter, saying “We must remember that my accuser once lied about being an advocate. If we didn’t expose that lie, gullible people, including her own party would still think she’s an advocate.”
We must remember that my accuser once lied about being an advocate. If we didn’t expose that lie, gullible people, including her own party would still think she’s an advocate
— Nazier Paulsen (@NazierPaulsen) July 29, 2021
Meanwhile, the committee was this week forced to remove one of its MPs, Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, from the virtual platform due to the conduct he displayed which was inconsistent with the Rules of Parliament.