Zuma pleads for protection from ‘abuse’ in Parly

President Jacob Zuma asked why he’s constantly subjected to abusive treatment from opposition MPs.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has pleaded with Parliament to protect him from what he has called "abuse" in the National Assembly.

Zuma was speaking at the end of his oral response to questions in the house.

This afternoon's sitting was disrupted when Economic Freedom Fighters Members (EFF) of Parliament (MPs) demanded President Zuma not be allowed to address the House.

Zuma ended the session with a question of his own: why is he constantly subjected to this treatment from opposition MPs whenever he is in the house?

WATCH: President Zuma complains of 'abuse' in Parliament

He now wants Parliament to deal with the matter.

"I always come here and face people who are not respecting the House, in my view."

The President's presence in the National Assembly also resulted in EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu being asked to leave the chamber after he refused to let the president speak.

The entire EFF caucus subsequently left during the question and answer session.

Minority party, the Congress of the People, also made a low-impact exit during the early stages of today's proceedings.

After Zuma finished answering questions, the House debated the state of affairs at the South African Airways, which had been called for by the EFF.