Zuma planned Parliament chaos - Maimane

2017-02-09 22:20
MPs gather for the SONA 2017. (Adriaan Basson, News24)

MPs gather for the SONA 2017. (Adriaan Basson, News24)

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Punches thrown, bricks fly as Malema declares Parly's under 'martial law'

2017-02-09 22:02

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the media after the EFF were forcibly removed from the National Assembly. We also hear from DA leader Mmusi Maimane after the DA walked out before president Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address. Watch. WATCH

Cape Town - Political parties have slammed the violence that broke out in Parliament ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday evening.

Security officers clashed with Economic Freedom Fighters members when they forcibly removed them from the National Assembly.

They could be seen punching and kicking each other.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the violence in Parliament was “the direct result of a corrupt political party clinging onto power by using fear tactics and intimidation”.

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“The army and riot police were deployed to bully members and journalists, pepper spray was used in the Parliamentary chamber, and members of Parliament were physically assaulted and removed from the chamber,” he said.

“Parliament ought to be a place where the public can engage with issues facing our nation… but Jacob Zuma and his ANC planned this mayhem. Days before SONA, the Parliamentary precinct, the streets surrounding, and the inner city were swamped with thousands of police officers, riot police and the military.”

The Freedom Front Plus asked how citizens could be expected to abide by the law if such misconduct could occur in the highest council chambers in the country.

In a statement it labelled the events in Parliament as “an embarrassment”.
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