Fight In S.A Parliament Malema MPs Heckle Zuma

A fight broke out during South African President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address in Cape Town.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

South Africa's parliament descended into chaos as leftist MPs scuffled with security during a key annual speech by President Jacob Zuma.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by Julius Malema, repeatedly interrupted Mr Zuma, demanding answers over a spending scandal.

The speaker of parliament then ordered their removal, prompting scuffles.

The largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, walked out in protest at their expulsion.

"You can't send police into parliament," said Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane.

The EFF used President Zuma's annual State of the Nation speech to question him about a state-funded, multi-million dollar upgrade to his private residence.

They were evicted by large numbers of security guards. Among those thrown out was Mr Malema.

He defended his MPs actions, calling it a legitimate attempt to defend democracy, adding that seven of his party had been injured and would be pressing charges.

It is not clear whether the guards were police or parliamentary officials: an important distinction, according to one MP, who said the use of police would be a way of intimidating the opposition.

Mr Malema and Mr Zuma were once close allies but the pair fell out.

The EFF has shaken up South African politics with a series of populist proposals to redistribute wealth.

EFF MPs accuse Mr Zuma of benefitting unduly from taxpayer-funded upgrades to his private residence in the village of Nkandla and they wanted Mr Zuma to answer questions about this before making his state of the nation speech.

Last year an independent inquiry found the president had "unduly benefited" from the expensive upgrades, which included a pool and a cattle enclosure and cost about $23m (£13.8m).

The president has denied any wrongdoing.

Despite criticism of the Nkandla upgrade and the country's stagnant economy, Mr Zuma's African National Congress was overwhelmingly re-elected last year.

Source: BBC

Download our mobile app today.

Android - Google Play Store

iPhone - Apple App Store

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Watch Water leaks from hole in wall at new Kwame Nkrumah Interchangebullet
2 Pulse Live Daily EC extends special voting exercise by a daybullet
3 His Excellency Top 10 John Mahama quotes that will shock youbullet
4 Judgement debt Supreme Court puts on hold Amidu's oral examination...bullet
5 Young Leaders Three Ghanaians recognised by UK Queen for their...bullet
6 Kwabena Boadu One week of demise commemorated [Photos]bullet
7 Presidential Debate Gov't has no jobs for you - Mahama to...bullet
8 2016 Vote for Pulse Person of the Yearbullet
9 Farmers Day Friday is not a public holiday - Interior...bullet
10 Tsatsu Tsikata God delivered justice – Wife of Tsatsubullet

Top Videos

1 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in wall at new Kwame...bullet
2 Woyome Judgement Debt Kweku Baako dances over Amidu's winbullet
3 Night Life Some taxi drivers and their night driving experiencesbullet
4 Elections 2016 Nana Addo holds conference in Kumasi ahead of Dec 7...bullet
5 School feeding programme Food for All Ghana helps feed schoolsbullet
6 Obinim saga We had sex only once - Obinim victims confessbullet
7 Video IEA Presidential Townhall 2016bullet
8 Marine Drive Project Time's up, but residents refuse to...bullet
9 Obinim Pastor charged with assault; sent to CID Headquartersbullet
10 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's...bullet

News