Chaos In Parliament
Chaos In Parliament: Insults were not the only things that went flying. Members of the EFF used their hard hats as missiles after parliamentary protection services members were called in to remove them from the National Assembly as screams of “f**k you” rang out from ANC benches. About 30 public order police, in full riot gear, met them as they exited, leading to a tense stand-off. DA members walked out in protest against the presence of soldiers in the parliamentary precinct and the firing of pepper spray in the public gallery. Speaking from a small stage, surrounded by smashed pot plants, EFF leader Julius Malema said: “We are prepared to leave this parliament in a coffin. We won’t be intimidated by soldiers and police who are protecting that constitutional delinquent (Zuma).”
“Finally!” President Jacob Zuma exclaimed as he began his delayed State of the Nation speech last night. Then he giggled. Zuma seemed unmoved by the violence that again marred the proceedings after National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete called in security officers to eject the EFF MPs who had disrupted his speech. DA leader Mmusi Maimane said outside the House that he would go to court to challenge the night’s events. Modise later said that it had been found that the canisters had contained “pepper spray”. She apologised to MPs and said there would be an investigation. “It looks like he has almost got used to the EFF doing their thing and the DA following suit. When he got to the second part of his speech he was relaxed and was on top of things,” said University of Johannesburg social work professor Ndangwa Noyoo.