EFF members disrupt Zuma, refuse to leave

Parliament - Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters stood their ground and refused to leave the National Assembly after being ordered to do so by Speaker Baleka Mbete on Thursday.

An hour after being ordered to leave the House EFF MPs were still sitting in their benches chanting and singing.

Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele and his successor as Sate Security Minister David Mahlobo were in the Chamber and appeared to be negotiating with EFF leader Julius Malema and chief whip Floyd Shivambu.

Several police officers were also standing around the Chamber. The doors to the Chamber had been locked on those inside, including members of the media.

The EFF members earlier disrupted proceedings while President Jacob Zuma was answering questions.

Mbete instructed Malema and his fellow MPs to leave the house because they were "not serious" about proceedings.

Malema was not happy with Zuma's reply to a question about when he was going to "pay back" part of the money spent on the R246m security upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

"I will throw you out of the house if you don't listen," Mbete shouted at EFF members, who responded by chanting "pay back the money".

Mbete eventually had to suspend proceedings and call in security to remove the EFF members.

While Zuma and MPs from other political parties left the chamber, EFF members remained, still chanting "pay back the money", and insisting they would not budge.

EFF chief Whip Floyd Shivambu shouted at Mbete: "You won't remove us."

Eugene Trollip 2014-08-21 05:16:19 PM
What a circus
MemeMartin 2014-08-21 05:36:18 PM
Malema is a dark doughnut, but I like his challenge of our useless president!!!
Aldrin 2014-08-21 05:55:56 PM
When Julius asks the questions that the public demand answers to, he also gets condemned. I am fully with Malema on this question. Viva Malema viva. Thank you for being my voice in parliament!
Mokone Legwanye 2014-08-21 06:07:18 PM
eff my eff..viva eff
Philip Buys 2014-08-21 06:40:45 PM
Ok, malema. Are you going to pay back the money you stole. Rather sounds like the pot calling the kettle, black.
Lpk Pmc 2014-08-21 08:03:15 PM
THE TYPE OF CHANGE WE NEED CAN ONLY (BY HISTORY ACCOUNT) BE BROUGHT ABOUT BUT SUCH IN BY SUCH UPHEAVEL! BUT HOLD ON .. THERE MAY BE GOOD TO THIS OTHER OBVIOUS DEVIL EFF DEED OF DISSENT?
Pierre Jacobs 2014-08-21 08:11:40 PM
Well done EFF. Though i do not support you or vote for you. We need a party like the EFF to call the tyrant and corrupt to account for their theft and corruption. Well done. I praise your actions. No:-1 is the President that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons and his negative effect on the country as well as internationally.
Utopian Indigent 2014-08-22 08:25:59 AM
EFF are doing something useful for a change. All legal avenues have been exhausted so this is the only way. Just remember there are a thousand more cases like Nkandla, push all of them. For example (just one more) ANC crony contractors got billions for unnecessarily replacing Gauteng Online with tablets in primary schools, and giving incompetent "training" AND now an organized syndicate who knows exactly where each school stores the equipment (obviously from forms given to Dept Education) are stealing all of it back (49 schools burgled in 2 months) to make another billion. There's another Nkandla for you. These burglaries are timed just before Dept. Education activates the tracking system. Convenient!