EFF cause 'unparliamentary' pandemonium again

EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu reportedly displayed the middle finger at the deputy president in Parliament.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says she'll deal with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu later, amid reports that he displayed the middle finger in Parliament.

Mbete ordered Shivambu to leave the house this afternoon along with EFF leader Julius Malema after they blamed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the deaths of the 34 Marikana miners.

Malema told Ramaphosa he had blood on his hands and Shivambu accused him of being a murderer.

Mbete ordered them to leave after they both refused to withdraw their comments.

Shivambu was then accused by an African National Congress Member of Parliament (MP) of making the rude gesture to Ramaphosa as he left the house.

"Honourable Shivambu, when leaving the house, made the middle finger sign to our respectable deputy president."

Mbete condemned the action.

"It obviously is totally unacceptable and unparliamentary but we have to deal with it in a different way because he's not in the house."

When Shivambu was ordered to leave, all EFF MPS exited the house with Malema.

Ramaphosa spent two days on the stand at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry last month, answering questions about his involvement in the days leading up to the shooting.

He was a non-executive director at Lonmin Platinum at the time.

The deputy president was heckled by a group of angry miners, who accused him of having blood on his hands.

"You killed them! This man killed the people of Marikana! He is a sell out for profit!"

Ramaphosa had sent an email to his board members in the days leading up to the 16 August, 2012 shooting, calling for concomitant action.

During his testimony, he clarified what meant saying, "Several people were killed. I viewed these incidents as criminal acts. The descriptions of people being killed were in most brutal ways. I felt duty-bound to try and help. Lonmin executives knew I could communicate a message to the police minister."

Ramaphosa told the commission he deeply regretted the deaths at Marikana but said it was a collective responsibility. Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing wounded and arrested Marikana miners, said the deputy president must be charged with murder, along with former police minister Nathi Mthethwa.