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:
Jackson Mthembu is such a drama king.
— Nchema (@ShottaZee) May 19, 2016
— Akanyang Merementsi (@AkanyangM) May 19, 2016
it is so amazing that The ANC is collaborating with DA to inflict pain on blacks, black on black violence by ANC &DA
— Radical Stand (@56be53c0d13d463) May 19, 2016
Jackson Mthembu now says certain EFF MPs' bags were stuffed with heavy objects such as bricks to use as weapons. Was he inside the bags?
— D'bongz (@IamBongaMdaka) May 19, 2016
Jackson Mthembu pic.twitter.com/BjKxzm8AAp
— TheJoster (@al123herm) May 19, 2016