Cellphone signals blocked and an alleged police presence inside parliament… just some of the scenes from what has become the most chaotic parliamentary sitting yet.
Men in white shirts, wielding firearms, storm the National Assembly — a violation of the South African Constitution — surrounding the EFF members and forcibly removing them.
Having had too much, the DA’s parliamentary head, Mmusi Maimane called a point of order… were those policement and if so, that should be addressed — so to speak –? Alas, the DA’s lawful behaviour fell on deaf ears… so as one, they left.
Security guards entered Parliament to remove opposition lawmakers who disrupted the address by President Jacob Zuma.
“We would certainly not agree with the EFF’s (Economic Freedom Fighters) agenda or tactics, but we were, for a bit, on the same side as them,” he wrote, referring to the party whose members were evicted from parliament on Thursday.
EFF leader Julius Malema told reporters his party would not be cowed.”This is just the beginning,” he said.
“We are continuing participating in this democracy. We will continue to ask questions from the number one tsotsi (criminal).”
Zuma, however, appeared to suggest that even stronger tactics should be used in future in Parliament.
“They are actually causing chaos. So you have a problem,” he told a business breakfast broadcast live on national television.
“Clearly to my view this is a time for Parliament to stand up and apply the rules more strictly than they do,” he said.
Watch the EFF MPs being physically removed from Parliament last night.