EFF causes mayhem in Parliament

Cape Town - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete was forced to suspend a sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday as a question session to President Jacob Zuma descended into chaos.

“Pay back the money,” parliamentarians from the Economic Freedom Fighters, dressed in their red overalls and uniform, chanted shortly after asking when Zuma would submit his reply to the public protector’s report on the security upgrades to his Nkandla home.

Zuma replied that he had already submitted his reply last week, but EFF MPs said that wasn’t sufficient.

“It is the government that decides [who pays for the upgrades and how much] and the matter is referred to people who are legally authorised to make that determination,” the president said.

ANC and EFF MPs started bickering about points of order after EFF MPs heckled Zuma.

EFF MP Floyd Shivambu insisted that Zuma answer the party’s question when Mbete tried to give United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa a turn to ask a question.

Shivambu kept on heckling, with Mbete threatening to throw him out if he did not sit down.

EFF MPs refused to leave the chamber and kept on chanting “pay back the money” while ANC MPs sang Mshini Wami.

Mbete called security and asked MPs to “vacate” the chamber so that Parliament could “deal with this matter”.

Zuma, who was at one point seen repeatedly flicking his tongue over his lips, left before Mbete ordered MPs to leave the chamber.

Broadcasting of the sitting on the Parliamentary Channel and on SABC channels was also suspended, and parliamentary reporters tweeted that they were being ordered to leave the press gallery as EFF MPs were being removed from the chamber.

- City Press
Kevin Marsh 2014-08-21 05:28:16 PM
Zuma must pay back and fatboy must face the music for the money he got
Grant Durban 2014-08-21 05:28:55 PM
Am getting worried about myself now that I'm agreeing with the eff
David Jones 2014-08-21 05:29:40 PM
Juju is a huge security risk and is making the state look very weak. Very worrying!
Donald Donnatello Donation 2014-08-21 05:36:27 PM
Zuma must pay bck the money lyk it or nt
Wikus Erasmus 2014-08-21 05:38:07 PM
Not as if parliament is productive at the best of times...
Ndumiso Ngcobo 2014-08-21 05:38:30 PM
I hope who ever voted for these kids to the parliament is so proud
Paul Valas 2014-08-21 05:44:17 PM
They're good for making noise and calling a spade a spade. That's about it
Danie Dino Besnaar 2014-08-21 05:49:13 PM
Ja ne
Thabo Mokaleng 2014-08-21 05:52:31 PM
Don't be fooled. Malema's antics are not fuelled by notions of nobility or a quest for justice. He's grinding an enormous political axe. But, if he's what it takes to bring this deeply corrupt President to answer for his doings then the end truly justifies the means.
Miguel Gomes 2014-08-21 05:55:47 PM
All though I agree with Juju on this one. I think this a little like the pot calling the kettle black because Juju also benefited unjustly in Limpopo.