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EFF won't back down from criticising Zuma

The response comes after top ANC leadership made calls for Zuma & his deputy to be protected in Parliament.

The response comes after top ANC leadership made calls for Zuma & his deputy to be protected in Parliament. Picture: Twitter - @Gareth EdwardsSA..

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) say they won't back down in their criticism of President Jacob Zuma, especially in Parliament.

The African National Congress (ANC)'s top leadership wants Zuma to be protected from being humiliated during sessions in the National Assembly.

The party's Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told the public broadcaster that Parliament should protect Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa from humiliation and claims there is a concerted campaign by opposition parties to do this each time they appear.

Mantashe says Parliament has descended into anarchy.

"Our view is that the president and deputy president must use imbizos more, dealing directly with society in South Africa, instead of going to Parliament which doesn't serve the purpose it has been set up for."

The ANC Secretary-General's comments follow an order by the national assembly speaker that the EFF's Julius Malema leave the house for saying Ramaphosa has blood on his hands and killed striking mineworkers in Marikana.

EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) have on a number of occasions sent Parliamentary debates descending into chaos.

Their conduct was discussed at a recent meeting of the ruling party's National Executive Committee (NEC).

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says, "Mantashe thinks we're in a mass meeting of the ANC when we're in Parliament, which is precisely what he's been trying to turn the institution into. These are some of his micro-managing attempts. He wants these individuals in particular to be held accountable for what they've been up to."