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Lekota kicked out of Parliament

Cope MP Mosioua Lekota was asked to leave Parliament after refusing to withdraw a statement.

COPE President Mosioua Lekota. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - There was a walk-out in Parliament after Congress of the People (Cope) MP Mosiuoa Lekota was kicked out of the National Assembly.

Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo made the ruling after he accused President Jacob Zuma of refusing to be bound by the Constitution.

Lekota was referring to his refusal to release transcripts of secret recordings, which led to corruption charges against Zuma being dropped in 2009.

The Cope MP was asked to withdraw his statement.

"Honorable Lekota made allegations against the president, which can only be made by way of a substantive motion, consisting of a properly formulated charge and prima facie evidence, as required by the rules."

When Lekota refused, he was ordered to leave.

"Honorable Lekota please leave the house. Are there no sergeants of arms in this Parliament? Could you please lead Lekota out of the house," ordered Mfeketo.

Lekota recently called for Zuma to be impeached for defying a order of court on the issue.