EFF to lay charges against Mbete, protection officers

2016-05-04 15:34


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'We are going to open a criminal case against those thugs' - EFF

2016-05-04 15:30

Speaking after the EFF was forcibly removed from the National Assembly, the party's Floyd Shivambu said the EFF would launch criminal proceedings against the Public Order Police who removed them.WATCH

Cape Town - The EFF will lay criminal charges against the Speaker and the protection officers who threw them out of Parliament on Wednesday, after they refused to let President Jacob Zuma talk about the presidency's budget.

After several warnings to stop saying Zuma should not be allowed to address the National Assembly, after the Constitutional Court said he failed to uphold the Constitution over money spent on Nkandla, Speaker Baleka Mbete started calling EFF MPs names out and telling them to leave.

They refused and gathered around a microphone repeating their demand, their voices rising in agitation.

When a group of protection offices appeared through the doors of the National Assembly, a glass of water flew into the air, and some EFF MPs - men and women - fought against the officers trying to remove them, with MP Makoti Khawula letting out a stream of angry shouts in Zulu.

The opposition MPs were pushed out through the warren of passages by the protection officials, but kept up their shouting.

"Zuma should be the one to go!" they shouted, eventually regrouping outside one of the entrances.

EFF MP Natasha Louw warned one of the officers that if they put a finger on her she would lay a charge of sexual assault.

The MPs looked shaken, but angry, and EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu told reporters that criminal charges would be laid over what had just happened to them.

But when they tried to go into their offices in the Marks Building, they were stopped again by some plain clothes officers, but broke through while one of the officers shouted, "I am only doing my job".

Meanwhile, back in the National Assembly, Zuma began his address and told of the better life for all that the government was delivering.

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