EFF kicked out of State of the Province address

2016-02-22 13:42

Johannesburg - EFF MPLs were kicked out of the Gauteng state of the province address when they disrupted Premier David Makhura’s speech by shouting "Gupta Must Fall" on Monday.

EFF Gauteng legislature members rose in unison as Makhura delivered his speech, shouting "Gupta Must Fall", in the Saul Tsotetsi sports complex in Sebokeng. The 11 EFF legislature members held placards with the words "EFF is the only hope", "Gupta Must Fall", and "e-tolls must fall".

After numerous unsuccessful efforts to call them to order, Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe asked them to leave.

EFF Gauteng leader Mandisa Mashego told journalists they interrupted proceedings to bring attention to police violence.

“We have been through this violence before," he said.

"In 2014, we were evicted by security soon after we joined the legislature. We wanted to raise these issues to the premier. At the University of Pretoria as he speaks, students are being treated violently by police. Last year at University of Johannesburg we saw excessive violence against students."

Mashego and other Gauteng EFF leaders protested under the watchful eye of armed police.

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