Cape Town – The EFF has been booted out of parliament after fiercely arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not be allowed to deliver the presidency budget.
After asking the sergeant at arms to intervene with the EFF refusing to leave, Speaker Baleka Mbete called in the parliamentary protection services to forcefully remove the members.
As the party members were shuffled out the room, EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi shouted: “How do we know they are the protection services … where is their identification?”
The Economic Freedom Fighters had sought to prevent Zuma from delivering the budget, as he was an “illegitimate president”.
Chief whip of the party, Floyd Shivambu, said parliament could not ignore that the Constitution had found that Zuma had acted illegally, as he was complicit in the spending of taxpayers’ money for private use.
“He must not speak here he must go and speak somewhere at ANC functions … it’s against the law to allow an illegitimate person to address this Assembly when it is against the constitution,” Shivambu said.
The party had presented a motion to the Speaker of the House that Zuma not be allowed to address the national assembly on the budget of the presidency.
Mbuyiseni added: “You must at least put it to the house whether our motion must be heard or not. We are going to debate giving him money today! When he faces 783 counts of corruption?”
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