Hon members, I now want to talk about the rulings that I promised to make in this House. Hon members, on Tuesday, 18 February 2014, during the debate on the state of the nation address, the hon S V Kalyan rose on a point of order, contending that the remarks made in Afrikaans by the hon Moss from the podium were unparliamentary. Hon Kalyan indicated that, translated into English, the remarks meant, and I quote, "Shut up". Having had the opportunity to study the Unrevised Hansard and the English translation of the remarks originally made in Afrikaans, my Afrikaans being not particularly great, I now wish to rule as follows:
According to Hansard, the hon Moss said:
We have a good story to tell. The situation in South Africa today is better than it was under apartheid.
There were then interjections, and she said, "You can keep your mouths shut, please." Whereas the words "shut up" have previously been ruled unparliamentary, the remarks of hon Moss do not translate into this phrase. The member made a general appeal for members to keep quiet while she proceeded with her speech. [Applause.] The remarks are therefore not unparliamentary. [Interjections.] Order!