EFF played game of 'brinkmanship' in Parliament

The EFF rose often on points of order, spoke over Zuma, other MPs & taunted Baleka Mbete.

A screengrab of President Zuma coming under fire in parliament on Thursday from the EFF/EFFleader Julius Malema about when he’ll pay back the money on upgrades at his Nkandla homestead. Picture: YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in the National Assembly went off without undue drama on Thursday despite predictions of a major showdown with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

It was Zuma's first appearance since the adoption of a new rule allowing for unruly Members of Parliament (MPs) to be physically removed from the chamber.

Julius Malema and his EFF MPs played a careful game of brinkmanship, rising often on several points of order, speaking over the president, other MPs and taunting speaker Baleka Mbete.

The Parliamentary Protection Services, strengthened by newly recruited ex-police officers, stood-by outside the chamber dressed in white shirts and black pants.

But in the end, their services weren't required, despite the EFF's pledge that it would put the new rule to the test.

Mbete refused to rise to the bate, however, prompting praises from Malema.

"Today you've been so nice you know, you didn't call those people outside there. This is the type of leadership we want."

Parliament said the sitting ended without undue drama because of MPs commitment to upholding the rules of the National Assembly.

But the EFF filed papers to challenge the new rule on the physical removal of unruly MPs in the Western Cape High Court.


Malema said his party is taking Zuma to the Constitutional Court to make him comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action.

Malema has rejected Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's report on the spending debacle and has slammed the Parliamentary committee considering his findings.

Parliament's ad-hoc committee on Nkandla has finalised its report on the spending debacle after the ANC out-voted the opposition on what should be included in the committee's findings.

The committee was established in June to consider Nhleko's report on the security upgrades to Zuma's private home in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

Nhleko's report contradicts Madonsela's findings that Zuma benefited unduly from the non-security features which formed part of the R246 million project.

Ruling party MPs pushed to adopt Nhleko's last night, despite the opposition recommending they reject it.