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“We are not to blame for SONA” - EFF

By Charl Bosch - May 13, 2015
“We are not to blame for SONA” - EFF

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, has said that the Western Cape High Court’s decision to ban police from entering Parliament, has reinforced the fact that the only ones to blame for the February 12th chaos during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), are the people protecting President Jacob Zuma.

Yesterday, Judge Andre le Grange ruled that the application brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA) for the banning of the controversial section 11, which allowed for security intervention in the case of a MP misbehaving, had been upheld and that any deployment during future session would be a direct violation of the Constitution.

Speaking in a statement, Ndlozi described Zuma as a man who cannot be trusted, adding that the party’s removal from the SONA by police “camouflaged as waiters in black and white clothes” was merely because they wanted Zuma to take account for the R246-million spent on security upgrades at his private Nkandla home.

“This court decision demonstrates that EFF possesses a superior understanding of the law of the country and that its mechanisms to hold the executive accountable are well within the law,” Ndlozi said.

“The police were called to forcibly assault and remove EFF MPs simply to protect Jacob Zuma from being held accountable about the undue benefit he accorded himself in Nkandla. It is for that reason that EFF MPs stood during SONA to ask the president to deal with the matter of Nkandla before delivering the SONA, only to be met with police brutality”.

Ndlozi also stated that the party plans on taking legal action against National Assembly Speaker Beleka Mbete for “removing the entire caucus EFF using police” and that no force will stop them from holding the President accountable for the expenditure.

“President Zuma must be rest assured that for as long as he does not answer the question adequately, it will always stalk him when he comes to parliament. There is no police force in the world that will be able to protect him because the Constitution of South Africa does not allow it,” he said, adding that Zuma must provide a time and date as to when he is prepared to pay back the money.