South Africa 19.5.2016 04:05 pm

Malema’s bodyguards ‘were in parliament brawl’

Julius Sello Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, was escorted out of Parliament in Cape Town, with his politcal party the EFF. Picture: Adrian de Kock

Julius Sello Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, was escorted out of Parliament in Cape Town, with his politcal party the EFF. Picture: Adrian de Kock

Both the ANC and the DA are saying the EFF’s own bodyguards posed as members of the security team that ejected the EFF from parliament on Tuesday.

The ANC’s chief whip in parliament, Jackson Mthembu, has made allegations against the EFF and its leader, Julius Malema, that Malema’s private security entered the House with parliament’s own security officers on Tuesday to protect the party’s leader while he was being evicted with his MPs.

Mthembu claims that video footage reveals that Malema’s own bodyguards were present and acting to protect him by fighting off the sergeant-at-arms’ team while being dressed like National Assembly security officers.

He said this was a security breach and would need to be investigated.

The DA’s John Steenhuisen has joined the call for an investigation, saying that he had examined the footage, and it did support the claim that Malema’s bodyguards were posing as “whiteshirts”.

He said it was evidence of a “devious plot” by the EFF and that they could not be trusted to uphold the law.

The DA had earlier made calls for the EFF to pay for damage to the parliament building that occurred after their eviction.

They are still on a five-day suspension and a criminal complaint has also been lodged with the police for damage to furniture and an entrance door.

Here’s what Twitter had to say about Mthembu’s revelation:

https://twitter.com/CallMeVoto/status/733294787105808384

 

 

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