OPPOSITION EFF LEADER BLASTS SPEAKER OF SOUTH AFRICA’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Julius Malema, leader of the South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has accused National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete of collapsing Parliament.

He was addressing the media after the EFF members of Parliament were kicked out of the House before President Jacob Zuma delivered his annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) to a joint session of Parliament here Thursday night.

The EFF MPs were raising points of orders and did not want the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to continue, alleging that President Jacob Zuma had violated his Oath of Office.

Malema said they would never back down and would continue to fight dictatorship and tyranny. He said: “Baleka has collapsed this Parliament into a department of Zuma’s Administration but we are not going to allow that. Even if they proceed, even if they defeat us, history will record that we stood up to tyranny, we stood up to dictatorship and those who are benefitting were comfortable.”

Delivery of the SONA was delayed for more than an hour as chaos ensued in Parliament. MPs from the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), walked out shortly after the EFF got thrown out of the House. The DA’s chief whip, John Steenhuisen, questioned the excessive use of security forces on the Parliament precinct.

“As we speak, we have the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) with R4 rifles on the precinct in full combat gear, we have riot police out in the streets. Our guests have been sprayed with pepper spray. No democracy should witness what we are witnessing in this House,” said Steenhuisen.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK