Nene finishes speech as chaos erupts outside Parliament

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 21, 2015

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s mid-term budget speech threatened to decent into chaos after protesting University of Cape Town and Cape Peninsula University of Technology students managed to break through a gate in making there way inside the grounds of Parliament.

According to reports, heavily armed riot police fired rubber bullets and at least ten stun grenades at students trying to force their way inside the Chamber, out of protest against the Department of Higher Education’s blanket six percent increase in fees for 2016.

The students, who were reported as having wanted Minister Blade Nzimande address them, then starting hurling bottles and dustbins after being pushed back, while singing the national anthem as proceedings inside continued without interruption. Parliament has also gone into lockdown with MP's, including President Jacob Zuma, being asked to not leave for their own safety.

Earlier, events reached boiling point after Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) MP’s objected to Nene tabling his budget amidst the ongoing crisis.

A subsequent vote went in favour of the proceedings continuing, but was met by anger from MP’s who started chanting, fees must fall, despite being told by Chairperson Thoko Didiza to sit down. Ignoring her request, the sergeant-at-arms was called before Parliamentary Security intervened.

How EFF were thrown out of the National Assembly courtesy of Tribe2tribes Youtube Channel

Elsewhere, stun grenades were also fired at protesting University of Limpopo students, while University of Pretoria Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey was jeered as she addressed students.

 

IMAGE sourced from eNCA's Mabine Seabe on twitter