‘EFF won’t be intimidated by parly protection forces’

2016-05-23 11:46
EFF leader Julius Malema. (File, Netwerk24)

EFF leader Julius Malema. (File, Netwerk24)

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Pietermaritzburg - Parliamentary protection officers who had tussled with unruly EFF MPs in the National Assembly last week “ain’t seen nothing yet”.

This is the warning was issued by the party’s deputy president Floyd Shivambu, speaking at the party’s rally in Copesville on Saturday.

Fists, water bottles and hard hats flew in Parliament as the protection officers tried to eject members of the EFF from the chamber after they loudly disrupted proceedings, insisting that President Jacob Zuma not be allowed to continue his quarterly question and answer session in the National Assembly. However, Shivambu said the members of his party had done nothing yet.

“We just blessed them with water to say do not engage in violence,” said Shivambu to loud cheers from the crowd, warning that next time the officers might meet their match.

“Next time they come to Parliament, we will protect ourselves. Self defence is not a crime in this country.

“Whatever forms of repression and intimidation you are going to use, we will not be intimidated,” he said.

Shivambu reiterated the party’s stance that they will continue not to allow Zuma to speak in Parliament.

“He is an illegitimate president. We cannot allow an illegitimate president to address us,” he said.

Shivambu also zoomed in on the rumours that premier Senzo Mchunu and other senior members of his cabinet are facing the axe. He said the move is not necessitated by the new administration having different programmes to the ones currently in place.

“It is all about saying Senzo you have eaten enough, now it is time for Willies [Mchunu] to eat,” he said.

Willies Mchunu is being tipped as the man to take over the premiership.

Shivambu said tenders had corrupted many political parties governing the municipalities.

“The reason they are fighting among themselves in the ANC every day to be elected as councillors, is because they want to control tenders.

“It is because they want to give it to their families and friends. The problem with tenders is that it only benefits a few,” he said.

Shivambu said an EFF-run municipality would abolish the tender system, and directly deliver services.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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