Fracas over speaker 'bias'
KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Willies Mchunu and IFP caucus leader Lionel Mtshali are at each other's throats.
This after Mtshali publicly called for Mchunu, who is also a senior member of the ANC in the province, to resign.
Mtshali published a letter in a newspaper, in which he said: "Mchunu is bias[ed]. He has created a repulsive atmosphere in the legislature."
He accused Mchunu of bending parliamentary rules to suit the ruling party.
Mtshali also said Mchunu was "not fit to serve in a tolerant and impartial multiparty democracy".
Mchunu denied the accusation and alleged that Mtshali had written the letter out of desperation because he had summoned him to a disciplinary hearing.
"He was trying to intimidate me from freely executing my duties as a speaker," he said.
"The tactics of the leader of the opposition were attempts to extricate himself from a disciplinary hearing by attacking my leadership."
Mchunu urged the IFP to voice their grievances in the legislature.
Mtshali said: "Anyone who has witnessed a single sitting of the provincial house will conclude that the speaker perceives the opposition as evil.
"He treats criticism of the executive like a mutiny," he said.