Malema 'knocked to the ground' ahead of Parly meeting

Netwerk24 tweeted pictures of Malema that appear to show him being man-handled before falling to the ground.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has tweeted that he's okay, after he was apparently pushed to the ground by a security guard before meeting with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Netwerk24 tweeted pictures of Malema that appear to show him being man-handled before falling to the ground.

RT " @Netwerk24 Sekerheidswag stamp Julius #Malema by konferensiesentrum." - Apparently he didn't want to be scanned.

Ramaphosa is meeting opposition leaders in Johannesburg this afternoon to discuss the recent chaos in Parliament.

The EFF leader tweeted he's okay and is now in the meeting with Ramaphosa and other opposition leaders.

@StephenGrootes @PieterDuToit @Netwerk24 I'm ok,in a meeting with Mr Ramaphosa.

Netwerk24 also says the guard shouted, "So you think you're king" as he pushed him.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has tweeted their original deal is now off because the African National Congress has rejected it.

#DeputyPresident: He told us that his Party(ANC) is not in favour of our agreement of last week. So the deal is off.

While this is a closed door meeting, Holomisa has claimed that the deal between the parties is off because the deputy president has said his own party didn't want it.

Yesterday, Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, denied that the National Assembly is in crisis and claimed Ramaphosa misrepresented an accord aimed at bringing stability to the debates.

Maimane said the African National Congress is in crisis and claimed his party is fighting for the survival of democracy.

A scuffle erupted on 13 November when fully armed public order police entered the house late on Thursday night during a heated sitting.

Tempers flared when ANC MPs objected to motions brought by the opposition in an attempt to delay the tabling of a report on upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla home.

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her Nkandla report and found that President Jacob Zuma and his family "unduly benefited" from the upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home.

But earlier this month, the Nkandla ad-hoc committee officially absolved the president of any wrongdoing in relation to the massive overspending.

Leaders from 11 opposition parties met with Ramaphosa to initiate crisis talks at Tuynhuys last Tuesday.

The talks were aimed at putting Parliament back on track.

Ramaphosa announced he would chair a multi-party committee comprising National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and all parties to find solutions to tensions that have brought Parliament to near breaking point.