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Zuma walks out of National Assembly

Malema asked Zuma directly when he would pay back the money spent on the Nkandla upgrades.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has walked out of the National Assembly as members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) shouted "pay back the money".

The president was taking questions in Parliament this afternoon when EFF leader Julius Malema demanded that Zuma refund the money spent on Nkandla.

"When are you paying the money because the public protector has instructed you to pay the money? We want the date."

"Point of order," an ANC Member of Parliament (MP) interrupted.

"This thing of point of order is what you [Zuma] hide behind, because every time a report is brought you say point of order," Malema said.

Speaker Baleka Mbete called the house to order but the EFF leader continued to shout at the president.

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu then began arguing with Mbete who told the party to leave the house.

The party refused to go.

"Why are we being thrown out? Nkandla money must be paid," said an EFF MP.

Mbete then suspended proceedings to allow for the removal of the EFF members.

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that the president and his family unduly benefitte d from the R246 million upgrades at his private Nkandla residence and recommended that he pay back a portion of the money.