Malema: We will shut down Parliament

Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema has called on National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete not to push the party to shut down Parliament.

"One thing Baleka Mbete does not realise is that if all opposition walk out, they will have to collapse the Parliament," he told party members in Boksburg on the East Rand, during a women's month event.

"They must not push us to that level because we will go and have elections again."

He was reacting to Mbete's threat to suspend Economic Freedom Fighters MPs from Parliament following their heckling of President Jacob Zuma in Parliament on Thursday last week.

EFF MPs disrupted questions to Zuma in the National Assembly by chanting "pay back the money" and then refusing to leave the House when Mbete ordered them out.

Malema said opposition parties on Friday showed unity when they put their differences aside and refused to select a chairperson for the Nkandla ad hoc committee. They first wanted the committee's mandate reworked to expressly include Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's findings on the R246m spent on security at Zuma's Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, homestead.


Malema said suspension would not silence the party. They would use the time to launch more branches.

"Jacob Zuma must know that the time for laughing in Parliament is over. He must give the right answers or what happened will continue. Suspend us and when we come back, we will start from where we left off," Malema said.

Mbete has written to each of the 25 EFF MPs individually to give reasons why they should not be barred from the legislature for up to two weeks for disrupting presidential question time.

Malema earlier on Friday threatened to take the matter to court should Mbete not withdraw her plans to suspend his MPs by noon on Sunday.

He blamed the African National Congress for the formation of his party. If the ruling party thought the EFF was a problem, it had created the problem, he said.

Malema said his organisation was making MPs think twice when they had to account to Parliament.

Andrew Terr 2014/08/30 07:38:38 AM
The 'Giant' baby threatening a giant bowel movement.
John Fourie 2014/08/30 07:39:48 AM
Could this be considered treason? Surely shutting down the legislature is a crime against the State? This is not how a democracy does things. As things stand, we are already on the brink of becoming a failed state. A stunt like what they are threatening with will push us over that edge. But expecting anything resembling rationality from Baby Bob is asking too much.
Willem Willemse 2014/08/30 07:43:44 AM
Seeing that you know the inner workings of the ANC...... I have to say I do enjoy watching JZ squirm. I think he knows the end is drawing nigh. You go Jules, give them stick, they deserve every thing coming !
Elvava Seameco 2014/08/30 07:44:02 AM
Asijiki pay back the money !!!
Richard Young 2014/08/30 07:45:15 AM
Dude you can't hold parliament to ransom
Hlamulani Abraham 2014/08/30 07:47:57 AM
im just loving honourable J.Malema.
Wotnext 2014/08/30 07:48:51 AM
One thing Julius Malema does not realise is that EFF is not "all opposition".
Cobien De Klerk 2014/08/30 07:54:33 AM
Didn't Hitler do the same?
Nox Noxy 2014/08/30 07:56:48 AM
I'm not a fan of EFF bt I love what they are doing to Zuma,its a self created sitution, gud kip it up Juju,Where ever Mbeki is, he' laughing.
Tiekie Black 2014/08/30 07:58:59 AM
all the anc know is threads and intimidation , allot of that rubbed of on julius! we cant blame him for what he become under the anc rule but i will judge him how hes moving forward