Zuma: EFF voters will regret their choice

2015-02-08 19:56

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EFF voters should really regret their choice because of the way their party was behaving in Parliament, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Speaking to editors and journalists after hosting a lunch for them at the presidential guest house in Pretoria this afternoon, Zuma said the EFF could not “continue in the same way”.

“Throughout the world political parties understand what is Parliament, when you go there what you are going to do,” Zuma said in response to a question on EFF threats to disrupt his state of the nation address on Thursday.

“I think the EFF should have said to all of us they are going to Parliament to misbehave. They said we are going to change Parliament, it is not going to be the same,” he said.

“The voters voted for them. It is not our problem. What we are going to do is to use the rules of Parliament to make them behave. That’s what the country should be saying. That’s what I would be expecting the media to say: these people are not behaving and appealing to them please behave, raise your issues.”

He said the EFF’s behaviour was “just not on”.

“That kind of behaviour is not right. If I was a voter I would be saying sorry I voted; I did not know. And I would be taking a serious decision not to vote for them again.”

Zuma also said the EFF’s choice of overalls in Parliament was an insult to workers who had to wear those overalls every day.

“If you were a person who once worked in the mine, it is terrible. If you worked in the domestic areas, it’s terrible. People who worked there don’t like those uniforms because they degrade people. It is not something to be proud about.

“When they work in those places, on Sundays they take their best (clothes) to feel they are human beings. And you think you are fighting for them. I think if I was a journalist I would be having a continuous column analysing the mentality of this party,” Zuma said.

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