Twitter abuzz after EFF say pay back the money
Johannesburg - Twitter was abuzz on Thursday as South Africans watched the EFF refuse to leave the National Assembly after Speaker Baleka Mbete ordered them out.
Some on the social networking site praised the Economic Freedom Fighters for standing its ground, while others thought the party was making a mockery of Parliament.
For others it was entertaining.
@silentnoyse tweeted "Big up to the #eff for taking a stand."
@shauntheprawn26 wrote: "While I don't always agree with the EFF has to say, in this case I am behind them. And at least they have the balls to stick to their guns."
@clarencesdb said: "Eish...I better head down to parly....House party happening hosted by #EFF I wonder if Kent is playing!"
@AncCadres asked if "Mfundi Vundla must hire the EFF to replace the Generations stars! They're very good at entertainment!"
"EFF at it again! Screw Generations, there's Parliament!" said @KingKayII.
Others like @aandiswaa were not impressed with the EFF's behaviour, saying: "I don't find EFF entertaining, their actions at the National Assembly paint a very ugly picture about our country and the world is watching."
"EFF members try so hard to be relevant #NationalAssembly," said @BrightsonSA.
Refusing to leave
The EFF MPs earlier disrupted proceedings while President Jacob Zuma was answering questions about the spending of state money at his Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal homestead.
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 R246m spent on security upgrades at Nkandla.
"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 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 move.
MPs tweeted blurry pictures of the EFF refusing to leave the National Assembly.
An hour after being ordered to leave, EFF MPs were still sitting in their benches, chanting and singing.