EFF sees red over Sona scuffle

2015-02-12 23:24

The EFF has vowed to lay charges against the security officers they alleged manhandled them when they were ejected from Parliament.

EFF leader Julius Malema, who looked ruffled and whose face looked a little swollen, said the injured MPs would be consulting lawyers before laying charges.

“We have seen that we are part of a police state where when people are unable to give political answers, political solutions to political problems, they resort to security apparatus and we’ve always said the ANC has sent, and we’ve always said the ANC has sent South Africa into a security state, and today it was confirmed,” he told journalists at an impromptu press conference outside on the steps of the National Assembly.

Malema also said a female MP, Reneilwe Mashabela, was held on the floor by seven men and beaten with a shoe.

Malema’s white shirt, under his red overalls, appeared torn.

Another EFF MP, Fana Mokoena, lost his shirt buttons in the scuffle, and also claimed to have lost his phone.

Shortly after they were ejected, EFF MPs got word that the DA had also walked out. “We are going to congratulate them,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said as they walked towards the entrance to the National Assembly.

DA MPs, who were all dressed in black for the occasion, looked upset as they filed out of the building.

DA leader Helen Zille, standing on the same spot on the steps of the National Assembly where Malema stood a few minutes earlier, said Zuma was trying to evade questions on Nkandla as well as answering to corruption charges in court.

“A fish rots from the head down,” Zille said. She said Zuma acted like he was above the law, and Speaker Baleka Mbete, by calling police into the National Assembly, also acted as if she was above the law.

It rained lightly at times as the drama played itself off, with the voice of Zuma, reading his State of the Nation Address inside the National Assembly, booming through the precincts of Parliament as it was broadcast on big screens outside the buildings.

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