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EFF must bear clean-up and damage costs for Zuma Q&A mess - Steenhuisen

EFF must bear clean-up and damage costs for Zuma Q&A mess - Steenhuisen

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has said it would be submitting an application to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and House Secretary Gengezi Mgidlana, for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to be held responsible for the damage caused during Tuesday’s violent questions and answers sitting in Parliament.

Proceedings turned ugly less than half-an-hour into the session when Parliament Security had to intervene after MP’s tried to block President Jacob Zuma from addressing the National Assembly. Unwilling to leave the House, MP’s threw their hard hats and water bottles at security, with some also exchanging blows while being removed.

Parliament went into lockdown moments later with a glass door outside the Chamber being broken and some even using fire extinguishers to deter security. Cellphone videos later posted online also showed a metal pole in a hallway being used as deterrent.

“The EFF’s violence and destruction yesterday is not an acceptable form of holding Zuma accountable. It only undermined the integrity of Parliament, and was an assault on our Constitution and the principles which underpin it,” DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said in a statement.

“Their conduct also demonstrated that they are prepared to use violence to get their way and clearly are not a party that can be trusted by South Africans to take our country forward again”.

Steenhuisen said the party would ensure that the clean-up and repair bill would not be footed by members of the public through Parliament, but solely by the EFF and its leader Julius Malema.