WATCH: Andile Lili dragged out of Zuma no confidence debate

2016-11-10 21:03

Cape Town - Ses'khona People's Movement leader Andile Lili was kicked out of the public gallery of the National Assembly during Parliament's debate on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

While DA leader Mmusi Maimane was delivering his introductory speech on the motion on Thursday, a scuffle broke out between security officials and Lili in the public gallery.

He was dragged from his seat and out of the doors.

WATCH:

A heated argument took place between security personnel and Lili's defenders outside the gallery doors. Lili had already been escorted down a few floors when News24 reached the gallery doors.

Western Cape ANC secretary Faiez Jacobs was one of the people gathered outside the gallery doors.

He told News24 that Lili had apparently been kicked out after getting into an argument with a Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (Daso) member in the public gallery. Jacobs said he had heard that the Daso member had allegedly used a racial slur.

Outside the gallery doors, security personnel vehemently denied that any slur had been used, saying that was not the reason for Lili's eviction.

Another eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said it was unfair that Lili was the one kicked out.

News24 spoke to Lili later outside a different entrance. He looked visibly disheveled, and was tucking in his T-shirt.

"The DA pretends they are doing well in Cape Town. I objected, and it was on that basis they threw me out," he said before re-entering the public gallery and sitting a distance away from the DA supporters.

He did not mention the use of a racial slur.

Earlier in the day, another unnamed person was also asked to leave by security personnel while MPs debated the need for a secret ballot.

The debate continued and the motion of no confidence failed.

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