Parliament's public gallery packed for debate on Zuma

2016-04-05 15:26
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – Hundreds of South Africans have filled the public gallery in the National Assembly on Tuesday as MPs debate the removal of President Jacob Zuma from office.

The spectators including ANC, DA and EFF supporters, as well as various clergy.

The ANC Western Cape PEC members, including Sesk'hona leader Andile Lili and Youth League provincial leader Muhammed Khaled Sayed, filled one area of the gallery.

DA supporters, including Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille and various MPLs, sat to one side, while EFF supporters in full regalia sat in a corner.

The debate got off to a fiery start, when opposition parties called for Speaker Baleka Mbete to recuse herself from the proceedings.

The sitting was then suspended for over 30 minutes, while the party whips debated whether Mbete should recuse herself from the session.

The motion to have President Jacob Zuma removed from office was tabled by DA leader Mmusi Maimane.

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