Steenhuisen: No degree needed to see through the EFF smoke screen


"You do not need a degree to see the EFF for what it is: an elitist faction that steals from the poor and oppressed," says John Steenhuisen.

Steenhuisen, who does not hold a degree, has been the subject of much ridicule by EFF members on social networks after it was reported over the weekend that the prosecution in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature has proposed a regulation for the Independent Compensation Office Commission. Bearers that only people with diplomas should become chiefs of whip, which would relegate Steenhuisen to the stands.

The National Assembly was debating the National Amendment Law, which would bar people from misrepresenting their qualifications.

Although he did not serve on the Higher Education Portfolio Committee, which worked on the project, Steenhuisen participated in the debate, noting that the Constitution does not require parliamentarians to hold diplomas.

Steenhuisen began by stating to the "scholarly members of the House" that he would not be giving a lecture.

Instead, he attacked the EFF.

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"It's ironic to see the FEP, the so-called working class vanguard, calling for a qualified franchise."

Veronica Mente, MP of the EFF, rose to a point of order.

The final form of hypocrisy & # 39;

"This is extremely misleading! This is DA's position in KwaZulu-Natal. You must leave the EFF out," she shouted.

MPs shouted back that this was not a point of order.

"I said the point of order! You must go back to school!" she continued.

The mayor, Thoko Didiza, calmly declared: "This is a point of debate, it is not a point of order".

Steenhuisen continued that it was the "final form of hypocrisy" for the FEP "play dress" as miners and domestic workers, but did not want them represented in Parliament.

He said he never pretended to have a degree. He enrolled for a BA in politics and law, but due to financial and work pressure, he never completed it.

He said he wanted to serve the public and became a counselor at the age of 22.

"I've never used my position to fill my own pockets," he said.

You should go back to school & # 39;

Steenhuisen said the EFF attacks on him, the public affairs minister Pravin Gordhan, and journalists are a smokescreen to "mask the corruption of his party."

"EFF knows this is fatal to their brand, they are desperate."

Again, Mind jumped up, stating that Steenhuisen was criticizing the EFF leadership.

"You must go back to school! The leaders of this party are in this Parliament," she said, pointing to the empty seats where EFF President Julius Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu usually sit.

Of the 25 EFF deputies in the National Assembly, only six were present at the session on Tuesday.

When Didiza calmed things down, AD deputy chief Mike Waters said, "The fact is EFF is a VBS (sic) looter."

Bill passed without DA, Cope

This triggered another game by screaming between DA and EFF. IFP Mkhuleko Hlengwa asked Didiza to expel people because Parliament was not a place for the DA and EFF battles.

Steenhuisen continued that EFF knows – "as fascist organizations around the world" – that attack is the best form of defense.

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At the beginning of the debate, Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor said that misrepresentation was a concern for both the public and private sectors.

She said the project would strengthen the interventions of the South African Qualifications Authority.

"We believe this is an incredibly important piece of legislation," she said.

At the conclusion of the debate, Pandor said: "Thank you, honored Steenhuisen, for making the most exciting debate about higher education we had in the Chamber."

DA and Cope were the only parties that did not support the bill and the bill was approved.


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