Scuffle between EFF, ANCYL at parly

Cape Town - Police had to break up a scuffle between EFF MPs and ANC Youth League national task team member Braam Hanekom at Parliament on Thursday.

The scuffle broke out shortly after National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete adjourned the House following the Economic Freedom Fighters' refusal to leave after she ordered them out.

The EFF members stood their ground. Long after being ordered out they were still sitting in their benches chanting and singing.

Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele and his successor as state security minister David Mahlobo were in the Chamber and appeared to be negotiating with EFF leader Julius Malema and Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu.

The EFF eventually left the National Assembly and retreated to their office in the Marks Building.

There was a heavy police presence in Parliament. Mbete adjourned Parliament for the day shortly after 16:00, announcing that President Jacob Zuma would not complete presidential question time because of the protest by EFF MPs.

"South Africa knows that the president was here to perform his constitutional duty and was not given an opportunity to finish off and therefore we would like at this point to adjourn," she said.

The EFF members disrupted proceedings while 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 repay part of the money spent on the R246m security upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had recommended in her report on Nkandla, titled "Secure in Comfort", that Zuma repay part of the money.

"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 suspended proceedings and called security.

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

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

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Made-In SA 2014-08-21 07:23:47 PM
EFF.Proudly brought to you by the ANC.Who schooled Malema and Shivambu in their ranks.
Cobine Samuel 2014-08-21 07:47:50 PM
When Mbete going to be a leader, let Zuma answer the question so eff can stop the noise. Or mybe next time you live the house
Djembe Ndebele 2014-08-21 08:14:52 PM
As I said EFF is here to derail the country which is already embroiled with anarchy. Everybody started celebrating EFF just because they insulted Pres. Zuma. All S. Africans are going to suffer equally.
Phakiso Moleko 2014-08-21 09:18:42 PM
I am warning u south Africa, something is coming....the same like congo, Uganda..and many more countries. this how rebels started. BE AWARE PLS.
mlindos 2014-08-21 10:11:47 PM
How do we expect our schools to have well behaved and disciplined children if the same cannot be said for our parliamentarians? Is there absolutely no consequence for ill-discipline in parliament? It seems so. I say bring back the rod. All Malema needs is a few lashes on his fat backside.
mlindos 2014-08-21 10:13:48 PM
How do we expect our schools to have well behaved and disciplined children if the same cannot be said for our parliamentarians? Is there absolutely no consequence for ill-discipline in parliament? It seems so. I say bring back the rod. All Malema needs is a few lashes on his fat backside.
Utopian Indigent 2014-08-22 08:23:45 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!