Showing someone the middle finger is not the sort of thing that should happen in Parliament.
This is according to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.
He said insults are now unfortunately being seen as an acceptable way of debating.
Mantashe was speaking in Joburg after the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which started on Friday and ended on Sunday.
He said it wasn’t true that the ANC wanted to keep President Jacob Zuma away from Parliament to protect him from being humiliated.
“Parliament must be harsh. The dignity of Parliament is being dragged through the mud under the cover of the right to be robust,” said Mantashe.
He said a new right-wing coalition of political parties has been brought together only by a common hatred of the ANC.
The NEC decided that the party should rely on direct contact with people at imbizos as the president wasn’t given a chance to answer questions in Parliament.