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ANC hopes for ‘no repeat’ of previous Parly session

In August police removed EFF MPs from the chamber for chanting “pay back the money”.

FILE: The EFF in Parliament. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says it would be unfortunate if there were any disruptions during President Jacob Zuma's oral reply session in the National Assembly this afternoon.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has vowed to put questions to Zuma relating to the Nkandla spending scandal, setting the stage for potential drama.

The president's question and answer session last August came to a rowdy halt when police removed red beret Members of Parliament (MPs) from the chamber after they started chanting "pay back the money".

The ruling party's Moloto Mothapo says the president takes accountability very seriously.

"We are hoping that the president will be allowed to respond to questions. That there will be no repeat of the sitting in August last year when he was prevented from answering the questions, because the president takes accountability to Parliament, and the public, very seriously."

Meanwhile, Freedom Front Plus Chief Whip Corne Mulder says the EFF is likely to create some drama.

"I expect the EFF will make points of order right from the beginning of the procedure and try to force the president to stick to the rules. Whether it will escalate into physical contact and conflict like last time, I'm not sure, but we will have to wait and see."

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