Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has vowed to fight back with “any weapon we come across” after he and fellow MPs were moered out of the National Assembly by parliamentary guards yesterday.
This after another attempt by the EFF to prevent President Jacob Zuma from proceeding with his quarterly question-and-answer session.
After Speaker Baleka Mbete ordered unruly EFF MPs out of the chamber, they hurled water bottles at riot police.
Violent clashes followed as MPs fought back as they were dragged out of the house.
A glass door was shattered, and an injured EFF member was seen being carried away on a stretcher.
Addressing the media outside Parly, an angry Malema said: “Zuma will never find peace in this Parliament. We cannot be led by a man who failed to defend, uphold and protect our constitution.”
Malema said his party would continue their campaign to prevent Zuma from speaking, insisting that since the Constitutional Court found he had violated the country’s highest law by not abiding by the directives of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to pay back public money used for improvements to his Nkandla home, the EFF did not see him as a legitimate president.
Zuma insisted he never lied about the upgrades, after DA leader Mmusi Maimane demanded to see his bond, quoting from a 2012 statement Zuma made, saying his home was bonded and he and his family were paying for it.
“Did you in fact pay for the bond on your house? Because I think that is a lie,” said Maimane.
“I did not lie,” Zuma said.
JZ also blamed the EFF’s behaviour on apartheid, saying: “We come from a violent system called apartheid….
“That’s what makes people think that’s what they need to do – no respect, point fingers at the Speaker and stand up one after the other – that tells you you are dealing with people who are a product of a violent society who need help.”