‘We are scared of nothing,’ says a defiant Malema after Parly chaos

2015-06-19 16:21
EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Lerato Maduna

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Lerato Maduna

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Cape Town - We are determined and unbowed! 

This was the message from the Economic Freedom Fighters after another disruption in Parliament on Thursday.

After Parliament was hastily adjourned amid the chaos, EFF leader Julius Malema said the party’s members of Parliament were not afraid of the consequences of their behaviour. 

“We are scared of nothing. We have been punished for the principles that we stand for, so we are no longer afraid. We are fighting to protect our Constitution. We fight for the office of the Public Protector. If we give up on Nkandla and let the issue die, bury us with the office of the Public Protector[ Thuli Madonsela].” 

Malema also equated the party’s hammering on of the Nkandla issue to the struggle against apartheid. 

“It doesn’t matter if people say that we sound like a stuck record. People spoke about apartheid from 1948 until the system fell in 1991 because they were determined. We are determined.” 

He said the EFF would not allow the Constitution to be stomped on right under their noses. 

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani said Parliament’s structures should be used against the EFF MPs who disrupted Thursday sitting. 

The ANC was ensuring that Parliament was being paralysed, said Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota after the speaker suspended the session. 

He said his party was “shocked by the stupidity of the ANC on the Nkandla saga”. 

“The more ANC MPs plot to protect the morally defective President about the scandalous spending at his private residence, the more damage they do to their own integrity and the state of Parliament,” Lekota said in a statement. 

Before the session was adjourned, Lekota stood next to Zuma and looked as though he was pleading with him. Also in his statement Lekota said the ruling party had abused parliamentary rules and violated international protocol. 

“This has made a mockery of the proud and dignified Parliament of Nelson Mandela. If the president upheld the law, obeyed the Constitution and maintained high moral standards, others would do so too.”

Read more on:    cope  |  anc  |  eff  |  julius malema  |  mosiuoa lekota  |  thuli madonsela  |  stone sizani  |  cape town  |  parliament 2015  |  nkandla upgrade  |  politics

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