We could be assassinated - Malema

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 20, 2015

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, has claimed that Members of Parliament (MP’s) risk being assassinated each time riot police are called into the National Assembly.

Speaking during a joint sitting of opposition parties in Parliament yesterday, Malema said that the police’s lack of uniforms and name badging indicates that the ruling ANC are using “Apartheid-era” methods against the opposition.

“That is how dictatorship operates. It establishes security units which are not accounted for by legislation, security units which cannot be held accountable and then who commands such unit? It is politicians,” he said.

“What criteria do politicians use to command those units? They look at individuals they don't like. They say take that one out and then they kill you”.

Malema also stated that two weeks after his party were removed from Parliament for interrupting President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address on February 12th, ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, reportedly told him that the police were not deployed to negotiate, but to “assault”.

“He said that to me. So an instruction has been given from Luthuli House for members of the opposition to be beaten up,” explained Malema, before adding that the party fears MP’s being poisoned the next time chaos breaks out.

“What if one of them has got an injection and injects that person with a poison. We are dealing with an askari. We are dealing with people who have killed their own members in exile,” he said.

“They take them underground they go and inject them, in three months, four months' time the person dies. They are told it is a natural cause. That is what apartheid did”.

In a statement delivered during the same sitting, Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, described the use of police in Parliamentary Chamber as an “attack on the separation of powers and Constitution” and that opposition parties are “united in condemning the use of the police in Parliamentary”.

 

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