Speaker asks Malema to leave Parliament

2016-02-11 19:27

Parliament - The Speaker of National Assembly Baleka Mbete asked EFF leader Julius Malema to leave the chamber where the opening of Parliament was scheduled to happen.

"I am going to ask you to withdraw from the chamber," said Mbete.

"We will now ask you to leave the chamber, Honourable Malema. Because you consistently continue with spurious points of order..."

Malema argued loudly, alongside Floyd Shivambu.

"With due respect, we are not disrupting," said Malema.

Mbete "prevailed" on Malema to give leadership to his party in Parliament.

"I'm not going to allow you to disrupt anymore...

"Members of the EFF, make up your minds if you want to stay in the chamber or not," said Mbete.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane then stood up, to big applause, saying the opening of Parliament should now start without disruptions.

Zuma then proceeded to the podium, with MPs standing up, and clapping.

The EFF remained in the chamber.

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