SONA Drama Part 6: Could police officer's photo point to staging?

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 16, 2015

A police officer involved with the forceful removal of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) from President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address last Thursday, has been accused of being “obsessed” with party leader Julius Malema, after a Facebook post in which he reportedly remarked to be “on the hunt for Juju”.

According to the Cape Argus, Captain Walter Prins, posted three images of police members dressed in riot gear in the foyer of the National Assembly in September, with the caption reading, “In the once hallowed halls of Parliament, in a hunt for Juju”.

The post came a month after the chaotic August 21st sitting which saw EFF MP’s being evicted for the first time following their disruption of Zuma’s questions and answers session on when he is prepaired to pay back a portion of the R246-million spend on security upgrades at his private Nkandla home, as per Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report.

Nine days after the sitting, Prins reportedly wrote, “To all members of POPS [Public Order Policing Service] Cape Town I wish you strength and thank you for a helluva month. Particularly the guys in my platoon… PS. Don’t worry, at some stage in the near future we’ll go back into Parliament for old Julius! LOL”.

Prins’ September images has heightened speculation that Parliament’s security personal had been receiving training on how to remove MP’s from Parliament, and that members had undergone training after Malema had indicated that the party would disrupt Zuma’s speech if he doesn’t come clean about the money.

Meanwhile, weekend reports by CityPress and the Sunday Times appears to confirm this after claims that security staff had been attending self-defence classes on the Cape Flats with simulations taking place in the National Assembly in preparation for the EFF fulfilling their promise.

The CityPress article reports that pictures of Malema, the party’s Deputy President Floyd Shivambu, MPs Godrich Gardee and Reneilwe Mashabela, and Democratic Alliance MP Mike Waters, had been used in a mock drill to help security identify members that needs removal.

Mashabela, who last year referred to Zuma as a thief, was taken to hospital after the SONA chaos having sustained gashes to her face and a broken jaw following blows which the EFF claims was by an officer’s shoe.

In its version of events, the Sunday Times reported that members of the Public Order Policing (POPS) and presidential protection unit had been doubling up as observers during rehearsals with security and police members playing the role of EFF MP’s, and Parliament’s senior protocol officer, Zarena Croese, giving out orders as National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

The article also claims that the lack of water presented to MP’s was deliberate in that security officials feared that the glasses could be used as a weapon by the EFF.

 

CAPTION: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema being manhandled out of Parliament. IMAGE sourced from timeslive.co.za

 

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