Malema removed and suspended from Parliament

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been slapped with a five day suspension from Parliament after refusing to retract a comment describing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as a murderer.

Tensions during yesterday’s sitting of the National Assembly again threatened to boil over after presiding officer, Grace Borotho, had to call on Parliamentary Security to remove Malema, following his decision not withdraw the comment made during a debate over the Marikana tragedy last month.

“Cyril Ramaphosa is murderer and participated in the conspiracy to kill the workers in Marikana. You can take to me to jail for that. Cyril has got [the] blood of innocent people on him. I will never withdraw that and apologise to Cyril. He must rot in jail,” Malema said after twice being asked to withdraw.

Told to leave the chamber, he remarked,” I will never leave. Call those bouncers you hired to kill us. I am not going anywhere,” leading to Boratho calling for the sergeant-at-arms and then Parliamentary Security to remove him.

Moments later, a number of officials were seen removing Malema with EFF MP’s following shortly afterwards. The House was then adjourned minutes later.

Speaking in a statement, Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen, said the party would be launching a formal complaint against Boroto for allowing security inside the chamber.

“Honourable Malema’s remarks and behaviour, although un-parliamentary, did not constitute a life-endangering disruption and did not necessarily warrant the Member’s forced removal from the House.

“The Presiding Officer escalated the rather tense exchange between Hon Malema and Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, by bungling the ruling and ejecting Hon Malema [from the house]. There were no items left for the House to deliberate and the Presiding Officer could have simply adjourned the sitting, immediately deescalating the matter,” he said.