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Maimane: Fight against corruption far from over

Mmusi Maimane is in Grabouw outside Cape Town today ahead of the by-elections later this month.

A Democratic Alliance (DA) media briefing on yesterday's Parliamentary chaos on 14 November 2014. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has told supporters in Grabouw the fight to have a corrupt free government is far from over.

Maimane is in Grabouw outside Cape Town today ahead of the by-elections in the area later this month.

Maimane has assured party supporters of two things; The DA will continue to fight to have President Jacob Zuma held accountable for Nkandla and sanity will prevail in Parliament following the brawl in the National Assembly on Thursday night.

Chaos broke out in the Chamber after an EFF member refused to withdraw a statement calling Zuma a thief.

Police were then called in after she refused to leave the chamber on instructions by Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete.

Opposition MPs claim police assaulted several politicians.

Maimane has called on voters to help the DA restore the reputation of Parliament and root out corruption by voting for them in the upcoming elections.

"He is a president who has spent R256 million of tax payers' money and he has co-opted people in Parliament to be able to allow the process to go through unchecked. That's done the most damage and once that takes place, South Africans feel anger about it."

MBETE LOSES CONTROL OF THE HOUSE

Mbete again lost control of the house on Thursday night when opposition parties clashed during the debate on the Nkandla committee's report.

Chaos ensued after she tried to block debate around Nkandla, which had apparently been agreed to by the chief whips of parties in Parliament.

The Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says there's a crisis in Parliament because the house is being used as an instrument of Luthuli House.

Zille says members of her party stuck to the rules of Parliament in responding to Mbete.

She says Mbete plays loose with the rules of Parliament and opposition parties had to challenge her behaviour.

"All opposition parties are united on the question of accountability. Leaders can't do what they like; they can't spend taxpayer's money as and how they like."

The DA leader says Parliament is failing in its oversight duties.

WATCH: Mbete reacts to Parliament chaos

An investigation is currently underway as to why the Parliamentary channel was cut when the National Assembly descended into chaos.