Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

22 August 2014

South Africa: EFF in Parliament - Charges Laid

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Right when South Africa was set to have its own YouTube video of Members of Parliament coming to blows and the police treating elected leaders like violent protestors, calm was restored. Almost. GREG NICOLSON looks at the charges that were laid after Thursday's parliamentary protest by the Economic Freedom Fighters.

There was a moment on Thursday when violence seemed certain. Members of the National Assembly left the chamber. Only the EFF was left, protesting, chanting, demanding President Jacob Zuma "pay back the money". Fighter Mbuyiseni Ndlozi stretched his legs. The feed from Parliament was cut and the microphones turned off. Riot police were amassing at the doors of democracy. The might of the state was finally about to reckon with the ANC's former wunderkind Julius Malema and his band of Fighters. Then, in an instant, MPs shuffled back to their seats. The session was officially adjourned and the situation resolved.

In the end, the "violence" was minor, but charges have been laid. The EFF marched out of the National Assembly with police on site. In the commotion, emotions high, ANC Youth League national task team member Braam Hanekom says he was assaulted by the very EFF MPs who had decided...

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