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President Zuma laments abuse after another dramatic session at Parliament

Sep 14, 2016
President Zuma laments abuse after another dramatic session at Parliament

After the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) stuck to their usual script and delivered drama at the beginning of President Jacob Zuma's Question and Answer session in the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon, the President later lamented how he is abused each time he appears before Parliament.

Drama began when leader of the EFF, Julius Malema, announced to the House that they were not prepared to listen to President Zuma's address as "he is a criminal".

“This house only allows honourable people to speak here. We are not allowing a criminal to speak to this house‚” he said.

The EFF had on Monday, through a letter to Speaker, Baleka Mbete, unsuccessfully tried to prevent Zuma from appearing before Parliament.

While ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, intervened saying the president was not in the House to be ridiculed, Mbete insisted on the MPs keeping to the business of the day.

After heated exchanges EFF Deputy President, Floyd Shivambu, the Speaker ejected him from the house, which resulted in Malema telling Mbete: "We will leave because we are not prepared to listen to this criminal. We will come back when the criminal is gone.”

The EFF later sang songs and danced in the Parliamentary precinct while police officers tried to get them to order.

Earlier on, the Congress of the People had also walked out of the House. 

After concluding his Q&A, Zuma said that it would be unfair for him to step off, without raising his concerns.

“Each time when I come here, I am abused by members of your house. Instead of answering questions, I sit here being called a criminal, a thief,” the President said, and called on Parliament to do something about it.

“You are going to make it very difficult for me to fulfill my constitutional obligations, I think if I don’t raise the matter, I would be failing in my duty.

“I have to sit here and wait for these discussions. Your house must do something. If this house is not interested in me answering questions, you must say so, then don’t call me,” he said, before stepping off the podium.

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