Malema barred from Parliament for five days

The EFF leader faces punishment after labeling deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as a ‘murderer’.

FILE. A screengrab of members of parliamentary protection services removing EFF leader Julius Malema from the National Assembly on 9 September 2015 after he refused to withdraw his comment that deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was a murderer.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) leader Julius Malema is barred from Parliament for five days as punishment for sticking by his remark that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is a 'murderer'.

There was high drama in the National Assembly late on Wednesday when more than a dozen members of the Parliamentary Protection Services physically removed Malema from the National Assembly chamber.

House Chairperson Grace Boroto told Malema to retract the derogatory comments he made about Ramaphosa during a snap debate on the Marikana tragedy last month.

But a defiant Malema refused.

"I will never apologise to Cyril. Cyril must rot in jail."

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Boroto called the Sergeant-at-Arms to assist before calling the Parliamentary Protection Services to remove him.

"I have given you an opportunity to comply with the directive of the chair by the Sergeant-at-Arms."

EFF Members of Parliament objected while the ruling party celebrated.

"What are you celebrating? Nothing! Cowards!"

The National Assembly recently adopted a new rule to clamp down on defiant MPs.

But the Democratic Alliance says the rule was incorrectly applied on Wednesday.