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String of fights on the floor of the South African Parliament


Malema

The EFF is run by former ANC Youth Leader Julius Malema. The EFF calls for a Zimbabwe style confiscation of white owned land, and other assets. Malema is world famous now for holding rallies and leading the crowd in singing songs about killing white people. However, to compete with Malema, Jacob Zuma also led a massive ANC crowd in singing about machine gunning white people a year ago.

EFF members attend Parliament in red jumpsuits, or other all red outfits. There have been a string of fights on the floor of Parliament between EFF and ANC members and EFF and the Security team.

Fight in Parliament from last November:

From Reuters…

“State of Chaos”, was how one South African newspaper described the images of police and politicians trading blows at the opening of parliament, a damning assessment of the country’s democracy twenty years after apartheid.

President Jacob Zuma walked down the red carpet outside parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening as a brass band blasted out South Africa’s national freedom anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, and cannons fired off a 21-gun salute.

But the pomp and ceremony was short-lived.

Zuma had barely started his State of the Nation address inside parliament when lawmakers from the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) interrupted him to ask about longstanding allegations of corruption in a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his rural home in Nkandla.

Quivering with anger, Speaker Baleka Mbete told the EFF and its firebrand leader Julius Malema to stop asking questions. When they refused, she ordered them to be removed, prompting a brawl in which several people were injured.

Zuma was eventually able to deliver his speech but not until lawmakers from the main opposition Democratic Alliance had walked out in protest against armed security guards and police entering the chamber.

“It was meant to be a solemn annual event in the life of our nation … the continuation of a journey Nelson Mandela began in 1994,” political analyst Ranjeni Munusamy wrote in a column for the Daily Maverick, a leading online political newspaper.

“We are now forever damaged by the people we stood in queues to vote to represent us.”

Tensions were already running high before Zuma arrived when guests discovered that mobile telephone reception had been jammed inside the chamber, prompting journalists and rowdy lawmakers to chant: “Bring back the signal!”.

Phone reception was eventually restored after Mbete was badgered by lawmakers but it added to public suspicion that the African National Congress (ANC), under Zuma’s watch, wants to chill dissent through censorship.

“This should not be normal in an open democratic society,” an editorial in Business Day newspaper said.