After several warnings to the EFF to stop saying that Zuma should not be allowed to address the National Assembly after the Constitutional Court ruling, Speaker Baleka Mbete started calling EFF MP’s names out and telling them to leave.
They refused and gathered around a microphone, repeating their demand, their voices rising in agitation.
When a group of protection officers came through the doors of the National Assembly, a glass of water flew into the air, and some EFF MPs fought against the officers who were trying to remove them. MP Makoti Khawula let out a stream of angry shouts in isiZulu.
The opposition MPs were pushed out through the warren of passages by the protection officials, but kept up their shouting.
“Zuma should be the one to go!” they shouted, eventually regrouping outside.
EFF MP Natasha Louw warned one of the officers that if they put a finger on her she would lay a charge of sexual assault. The MPs looked shaken, but angry, and EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu told reporters that criminal charges would be laid.
When the EFF MPs tried to enter their offices in the Marks Building they were stopped again by plain-clothed officers, but broke through while one of the officers shouted, “I am only doing my job”.
Meanwhile, back in the National Assembly Zuma made his address, telling of the better life for all that the government was delivering.