Fighting inside South Africa parliament
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 13:15
Dressed in red, they denounced Zuma as a "scoundrel" and "rotten to the core" over recent corruption allegations before being ejected them from the chamber.
Members of the radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters hurled accusations at Zuma for being corrupt and flouting the constitution while he sat quietly waiting for the jeers to die down to begin his speech.
A fistfight broke out in South Africa's parliament as MPs began brawling to stop the country's president from speaking.
The eviction of the EFF lawmakers spurred protests among MPs standing in opposition to Zuma's African National Congress (ANC).
Burger says there was no need for the show of force that was displayed in Parliament, and President Zuma called on military forces for assistance to intimidate the opposition.
In September, the president took out a home loan to repay state money spent on non-security-related upgrades to his rural home, in compliance with a court order.
Opposition Democratic Alliance Party's (DA) Mmusi Maimane received negative criticism after he visited Israel in January.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe tells The Africa Report that Baleka Mbete, the parliamentary speaker, should have acted more quickly: "The speaker was too patient".
An investigation carried out previous year by the former Public Protector of South Africa found evidence of possible corruption at the top level of government. While Zuma has said he'll step down as head of the ANC in December, his term as president continues until 2019.
"Our message to President Zuma tonight is clear: no number of SANDF soldiers will deter us from holding you accountable in Parliament this week, or any other day of the year".