Parliament says it “strongly condemns” what it calls “acts of violence” against its security staff and the destruction of public property during yesterday’s chaotic sitting of the National Assembly.
Fists, water bottles and hard hats flew when members of the Parliamentary Protection Services were called in to remove defiantEconomic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament from the chamber.
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) May 17, 2016
EFF MPs tried to block President Jacob Zuma from answering MPs’ questions in the House, saying he had been found wanting by the Constitutional Court and had yet to face any sanction from Parliament.
The president took to the podium after the EFF benches were cleared.
Speaker Baleka Mbete defended her decision to call in security to deal with the EFF in line with rules that were adopted by most political parties in Parliament last year.
“To remove honourable members who were an obstacle to progress in the house.”
EFF MPs put up a fight as they were hauled out of the chamber, into the corridors and out of the building.
WATCH: EFF members on the rampage at Parliament.
Their supporters in the public gallery joined the fray.
In the midst of the drama, a fire extinguisher went off and a glass door was smashed.
Parliament says it’s opened a case of malicious damage to property and wants police to deal with those responsible.
MALEMA: EFF WON’T ALLOW PARLIAMENT TO CONTINUE WITH “BUSINESS AS USUAL”
EFF leader Julius Malema says his party will not allow Parliament to continue with “business as usual” while the president remains in office.
Yesterday, Malema ratcheted up his campaign against Zuma, saying his MPs are prepared to lay down their lives in defence of the Constitution.
The red berets objected to Zuma to speaking because they regard him as an illegitimate president.