The EFF plans to take government on

By Drum Digital
13 February 2015

The EFF's Johannesburg region spokesperson, Arafat Sello has expressed deep disappointment in the way members of parliament (MPs) were treated at yesterday's State of the Nation Address.

The EFF's Johannesburg region spokesperson, Arafat Sello Tladi has expressed deep disappointment in the way members of parliament (MPs) were treated at yesterday's State of the Nation Address.

"We are really disappointed with the state's response but at the same time we're not surprised that MPs were  manhandled. We have seen the state's same  response with Andries Tatane, Marikana workers and many more protests when people fight for their rights. This is what the  government does."

Tladi says the ANC under President Jacob Zuma's leadership is like terrorist group Boko Haram, terrorising elected members of the EFF like criminals. "When there are robberies, the kind of security that was called on yesterday is not called for criminals, but lawmakers are treated like this. It's unacceptable," he remarks.

The EFF maintains it was well within its rights to ask Zuma the question of payment for upgrades to his Nkandla home: "We just wanted to know when is the man paying back money. Parliament is the right place, we can't ask him the question in a tavern."

Following the violent removal of EFF members from parliament and their exclusion from the president's address, Tladi says they don't recognise this year's state of the nation address. "We nullify the Sona. He [Zuma] was giving the state of ANC because major opposition parties were not present."

The EFF is expected to take legal action against parliament following last night and Tladi says this has not deterred them from taking the government to task. "We will not rest, will lay charges. Zuma is trying to start a civil war, we won't fold our arms to it. He is no different from TB Joshua, building RDP houses that are falling on our people."

The EFF have scheduled a press conference in Cape Town where they are expected to address last night's events as well as their way forward.

The seven injured members of parliament have been sent to hospital for observation, with Reneilwe Mashabela (in the article's featured image) might also need surgery.

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