Malema evicted from Parliament… again
The EFF leader was physically removed after refusing to withdraw a comment about Cyril Ramaphosa.
CAPE TOWN- Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been physically removed from the National Assembly chamber for refusing to withdraw a comment he made about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Malema's been taken to task for calling Ramaphosa a 'murderer' during a debate on the Marikana tragedy in Parliament last month.
When Presiding Officer Grace Boroto ruled today that he should withdraw that statement, a defiant Malema refused.
"Cyril Ramaphosa is murderer and [participated in the conspiracy to kill the workers in Marikana. You can take me to jail for that; Cyril has [the] blood [of] on innocent people on his hands. I will never withdraw that and I will never apologise to Cyril."
Not only did Malema refuse to withdraw his remarks, but also refused to leave the chamber.
"Call those people to come and remove me. Those bouncers you have hired to come and kill us here in the same way you killed people in Marikana. Call them, I'm not going anyway. I'm not leaving."
Boroto then called in the serjeant-at-arms, followed by the Parliamentary Protection Services to remove him.
Malema's now been suspended for a minimum of five days.
Parliament's new rule to clamp down on defiant Members of Parliament has been applied on Malema.
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More questions are being asked about the tactics used to forcefully remove the EFF MPs after security personnel had used pictures of at least four EFF members as target practice in the lead up to the opening of Parliament.
A tense standoff between Baleka Mbete and Malema ended in a scuffle with the security personnel leaving a number of EFF MPs injured, one of which was admitted to hospital.
Questions were also been raised around the punching of female EFF MPs during the scuffle in Parliament, including Reneiloe Mashabela, who emerged with a swollen, bleeding face.
Twitter was abuzz with comments from gender rights activists and shocked citizens alike.
"Reneilwe Mashabela was held by not less than seven men. One of them was beating her on the face with a shoe," Malema claimed.
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