EFF disrupts Free State premier

2016-02-24 06:00
THE EFF members are being escorted out of the Vista Arena during the state of the province address on Tuesday, 16 February. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

THE EFF members are being escorted out of the Vista Arena during the state of the province address on Tuesday, 16 February. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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EFF MEMBERS of the Free State legislature were booted out of the state of the province address after provincial party chair, Khotso Morapela, disrupted premier Ace Magashule.

Minutes after Magashule started with his speech, Mo­rapela rose on a point of order, but was quickly told to “call himself to order” by the Free State speaker of the legislature, Mamiki Qabathe.

Qabathe told members of the legislature that she would not allow anyone to rise on a point of order.

Following a brief altercation between the ANC and EFF members, the speaker summoned the security to remove Morapela and his second in charge, Mandisa Makhesini, from the chamber.

Chanting “Zupta must Fall” outside the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Vista Cam-

pus, EFF members were escorted off the premises by police.

Morapela told reporters that Magashule was going to lie to the people of the Free State, instead of addressing challenges faced by the province.

“Magashule is going to lie, that whole cabinet is confused,” said Morapela.

Morapela accused Magashule of being in cahoots with the Guptas.

According to Morapela, this is to ensure that Magashule’s son, Tshepiso Magashule, and Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma, were scoring tenders.

During a media briefing held after the state of the province address, Qabathe said the EFF members of legislature were not suspended from future meetings of the house.

“They are not suspended, but we will not tolerate their behaviour,” she said.

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