Malema: We have taught Baleka Mbete manners

EFF says its MPs can now determine when Mbete is about to have them removed from the house.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema (c) and members of his party. Picture:Vumani Mkhize/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his Members of Parliament (MPs) will not allow themselves to be kicked out of the National Assembly again, even though they will continue asking difficult questions.

Malema says this is because his party can now determine when National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is about to have them removed from the house.

The EFF's Parliamentary caucus was dragged out by plain clothed police officers and security personnel during the President's State of the Nation Address (Sona) last month for interrupting his speech.

In November last year, a brawl broke out when police entered the chamber to remove a female EFF MP who had called President Jacob Zuma a thief and refused to retract her statement.

Malema says they now know when to pull back to avoid chaos.

"So we now are able to read her attitude, we are now able to see when she becomes emotional, because once she is emotional she becomes irrational, and she is unreasonable. We pull back a bit, allow her to calm down and still go back to the same issue and put more emphasis - We have taught her manners."

Zuma's question and answer session yesterday ended without chaos, despite heated debate over whether he should respond to questions which weren't answered in August.