Reports: 'Sona security' used pics of EFF MPs for shooting practice

City Press reports that photos of Julius Malema and Reneilwe Mashabela were among those used.

Julius Malema leaves parliament after making a statement to press in response to how the EFF were thrown out of the State of the Nation Address 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament has been called on to explain whether pictures of four Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) were used for target practice by security personnel ahead of the State of the Nation Address (Sona).

The City Press has reported that pictures of four EFF MPs were used during training for the 'white shirted security personnel' who ejected them from Parliament.

The paper says photos of party leader Julius Malema and MP Reneilwe Mashabela, who was hospitalised, were among those used.

EFF members were forcibly removed after interrupting the president, wanting to know when he will 'pay back the money' in reference to Nkandla.

Independent security analyst Helmoed Heitman says target training should only be used in terror and hostage situations.

"If you're intending specifically to assassinate somebody then you do that."

He says he cannot see why target practice would be used in a normal security procedure and police should investigate why the photos were used.

"You do of course use photos to familiarise your people with the people they're supposed to arrest or go out for, but you wouldn't put them on your figure target that you're shooting."

The police have declined to comment.

At the weekend, the Daily Maverick identified public order police officer Walter Prins as playing a leading role in ejecting the EFF MPs after he boasted on Facebook that he was 'on a hunt for Juju'.


Opposition parties are demanding clarity over a number of issues following the chaotic Sona.

Parties want answers over the jamming of the cellphone signal, the use of public order police to remove EFF MPs and comments by speaker Baleka Mbete that Julius Malema is a cockroach.

Parliament descended into chaos on Thursday night ahead of President Jacob Zuma's speech and some opposition parties are blaming Mbete.

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the speaker to answer questions regarding the use of police in Parliament.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane says, "The powers and privileges committee will certainly be charging her with a constitutional violation where she allowed police, as has now been proven, to enter the chamber."


The EFF has called on Mbete to explain her comments after she called Malema a cockroach during the African National Congress (ANC)'s North West conference at the weekend.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says, "We view and perceive her utterances as an indication that she has now permanently lost it."

The ANC however says Mbete was speaking in her capacity as national chairperson of the party when she referred to Malema as a cockroach.

Mbete warned delegates at the elective conference that if the ANC is not careful they would have cockroaches like the EFF leader roaming all over the place.

But Malema hit back, saying he suspects Mbete is calling for his assassination and compared the speaker of Parliament's comments with the Rwandan Genocide, when people were referred to in the same way during ethnic violence.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa explains.

"What she did was, she is giving a description of a certain behaviour that we've seen in Parliament politically. That cannot be linked to her position as a speaker of the assembly."