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Malema booted from Parliament

The EFF leader was asked to leave after refusing to retract comments he made on Marikana.

EFF leader Julius Malema used his debut in Parliament to attack President Jacob Zuma, the ANC and the opposition. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema was on Thursday ordered to leave Parliament during the second day of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate.

His party then walked out of the National Assembly in protest.

This after an altercation with National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise.

Malema was asked to retract a statement he uttered on Wednesday about the ANC being responsible for the 2012 Marikana killings, which claimed the lives of 34 striking miners.

Modise asked Malema to formally withdraw the statement as it was "unparliamentary" and did not accord with the decorum of the house.

But the EFF president refused and was then asked to leave.

"Honorable Malema, my instruction to you is to withdraw that statement."

"I won't do that, I maintain the ANC government killed people in Marikana," the fiery politician replied.

"You leave me no choice but to ask you to leave the house," Modise replied.

At the time of the Marikana bloodbath, Modise was premier of North West province.

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