I would like to continue and take another ruling, hon Speaker. It is that on 16 February 2016, during the state of the nation debate, the hon Filtane rose on a point of order and said, and I quote him:
Chairperson, my point of order is that the statement that the hon Minister made is derogatory about my leader. You don't talk like that about Holomisa! [Laughter.]
Order, members, order! I indicated that I will check the Hansard transcript and revert back to the House. The Minister of Human Settlements, hon Sisulu, is recorded as having said, and I quote:
Thank you very much to hon Holomisa for the suggestion of an economic indaba resembling that of Convention for a Democratic South Africa, Codesa. The rest of hon Holomisa's rumblings are not worth mentioning here right now.
The hon Filtane, did not specify which part of the speech by the hon Minister of Human Settlements was derogatory. After careful reading of the Minister's remarks, I could only assume that the hon Filtane should be referring to the words, "Rumblings". Now the word 'rumblings' hon members, is defined as: To talk or to write in a discursive or aimless way. [Laughter.]
Order, members! The guiding principles as to whether the words used in a debate are out of order are: The motive attributed to the member accused of using them; and whether something dishonourable is being attributed to another member. Words or phrases used in a debate but which do not in any way impend on the honour of a member will not be ruled out of order.
Therefore, my ruling in this point of order, raised by the hon Filtane, is that it cannot be upheld. I thank you, Speaker. [Applause.]