EFF leader Julius Malema asked to leave SONA several times

2016-02-11 20:14

Parliament – Reminiscent of last year’s State of the Nation Address, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was asked to leave parliament several times by National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete on Thursday.

Mbete asked Malema and party members to leave the proceedings after countless disrup'tions. Malema had risen up on a point of order asking Mbete not to address the EFF as a group but rather as individuals. “You can’t say you are dealing with the EFF, you must refer to us as members of parliament. Ask us as individuals. Dont group us in our colours,” Malema told Mbete.

Mbete then told Malema: “You are not coming here to lecture us about how to run the proceedings. I am asking you cooperate or make up your mind that you want to withdraw.”

While speaking, Malema interrupted Mbete again saying: “You are not going to come up and tell us how to act in this house.” 

At that point Mbete asked Malema to leave. “Honourable Malema I must now ask you to leave,” she said.

In a much calmer voice, this time round,  Malema asked Mbete why he was asked to leave. “You never asked me to sit down and I never defied you. Why are you asking me to leave?”

Mbete however repeated her call that Malema play his leadership role in handling the disruptive EFF members.

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