'Parliament failing to hold Zuma to account'

Malema has accused Zuma of failing to properly account for the money spent on his Nkandla home.

EFF leader Julius Malema at the EFF press briefing about the Nkandla National Assembly chaos on 21 August 2014. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says Parliament is failing to hold President Jacob Zuma to account for the spending on his Nkandla home.

The controversial politician said that is why he and fellow EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) refused to vacate the National Assembly this afternoon.

Chaos erupted when Malema asked the president when he was going to repay some of the funds spent on Nkandla as directed by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Malema accused Zuma of failing to properly account for the money spent on his Nkandla home and says Parliament has failed to ensure he does so.

EFF members, most dressed in their trademark red overalls and hard hats, became increasingly raucous before Mbete ordered the session to be suspended.

Zuma left the Parliamentary precinct soon after speaker Baleka Mbete suspended proceedings

Riot police were then called in and placed on standby as the EFF members refused to leave the chamber.

Malema says it's been agreed that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will convene a meeting with the EFF and other opposition parties to discuss accountability.

"We're going to tell him to bring the matter back into Parliament because we must get the truth."

Malema says Parliament will never be the same again.

Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefited unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.

Zuma submitted to Parliament his response to Madonsela and other reports on the Nkandla upgrades last week and a multi-party committee of the National Assembly has been set up to carry out a further review.