Wednesday, April 27, 2011

DA, IFP heckled at Freedom Day event

April 27 2011 at 02:39pm
By Hlengiwe Nhlabathi

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko
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Pretoria - A DA member of parliament Sej Motau was heckled and howled at while delivering his speech at the Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Motau briefly stopped speaking and observed the crowd when the howling by hundreds of people attending the event grew louder.

Many made the hand signal used at soccer matches to indicate player substitutions, demanding that he move off stage.

However, programme director for the day, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile took to the podium and interjected, with his first words being: “No, no, no.”

“Please, let's allow speakers to say a few words and sit. This heckling is taking a lot of our time,” said Mashatile.

A lot of moaning followed from the crowd, at which time Mashatile said Motau would only take one second.

Motau hastily made his concluding remarks, highlighting the importance of having such days like Freedom Day, Youth Day and Reconciliation Day to build and unite the nation, before leaving the stage.

He was not the only victim.

The Inkatha Freedom Party's Oscar Maseko also had to endure heckling.

Mashatile scolded the crowd for their lack of discipline.

“If you continue howling people, you are disrespecting me as programme director.”

No other speaker was heckled off stage after that.

Instead, they were received warmly by the crowd. - Sapa

The Star

Comments by Sonny

The ANC calls this behaviour democracy!!

They think they are the only ones who deserve or fought for this country!

Their fight was merely done in a wet paper bag!

One day they will wake up and their 'power' will be gone!!

The ANC will be held accountable for all their wrongdoings!

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