38 minutes of mania: Just another day in Parly
President Jacob Zuma faced a tough crowd in Parliament on Tuesday.
JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma faced a tough crowd in Parliament on Tuesday.
Even before he got to the podium, the interruptions started.
Here are some of the strangest, silliest and most powerful quotes to come out of the National Assembly during the #ZumaQ&A.
JULIUS MALEMA - ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS (EFF)
"You are a group of howlers; the voters have rejected you … this howling business is exactly what made you to be what you are." - EFF leader Julius Malema addressing the ANC
"I am not going to take my seat … why must I listen to you?" - Malema to National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete
"I am not going to allow a criminal to speak in this house." - Malema referring to President Jacob Zuma
"When the criminal finishes speaking, we are coming back … We're just going to the loo, because we're avoiding the criminal." - Malema referring to President Zuma
JACKSON MTHEMBU - AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
"The president is here not to be ridiculed, but to answer questions in this house. He is here to be accountable."
"We just want to put it on record, to call a member thief and criminal is not in keeping with [the rules of Parliament]."
JOHN STEENHUISEN - DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE
"As repugnant as we find him … we want the answers to our questions." - DA Chief Whip Steenhuisen referring to Zuma
LEIGH MATHYS - EFF
"Why has the president not been charged? This matter [Nkandla] has been going on forever and a day … The president is laughing over there, I'm not sure why he's laughing. Because everything is a joke?"
BALEKA MBETE - NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKER
"You are wasting the time of this house. We have now spent 30 minutes on this." - Mbete to opposition members
"I am going to ask the sergeant-at-arms to assist you, to show you the door." - Mbete to EFF member Floyd Shivambu
JACOB ZUMA - PRESIDENT
"It includes agriculture. There are many. You have seen them." - Zuma responding when asked to detail government's nine-point plan to boost growth and create jobs.
"I've seen her working." [To wolf whistles in the house] - Zuma on SAA chair Dudu Myeni
"There is no war between the Presidency and Treasury. I'm clarifying that point; it must be as clear as anything. There is no war in government."
"You ask Ramaphosa." - Zuma on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's reported comment that government is at war with itself.
"He says people have lost faith in the ruling party. It's absolutely not true … What has happened in three metros, [is that] no party has won."
"The economy is picking up. I don't know why the rating agencies would move against facts."
"I've been told that if someone loses their shoelace, Zuma is responsible."
DAVID MAYNIER - DA
"The president is clearly clueless about the nine points in his nine-point plan, which is terrifying."
BANTU HOLOMISA - THE UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT
"There's a lack of trust and confidence in your leadership, sadly by some of your cabinet members and party members who are calling for you to be recalled." - Bantu Holomisa to Zuma