Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

25 August 2014

South Africa: Scorched Earth - How Low Will the ANC Go for Zuma Not to?

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Since Thursday's dramatic events in the National Assembly, when the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) introduced "pay back the money" into the political lexicon, the ANC said repeatedly there should have been active intervention by the state to stop the disorder in the House.

This means they wanted those demanding that Zuma "pay back the money" to be arrested. The ANC has also attacked the Public Protector for writing to President Jacob Zuma to explain to him that he cannot opt not to "pay back the money". The ANC has gone into full assault mode to protect the president, and it seems logic and the Constitution will not stand in their way.

Parliament is a National Key Point, which means it is protected by the South African Police Service (SAPS). The inside of the National Assembly chamber, however, is protected by the Constitution of South Africa and the police have no jurisdiction over the conduct of Members of Parliament - except perhaps if EFF leader Julius Malema comes in strapped with an explosives vest. He does not need to, of course, as he has found other colourful ways to set off fireworks in Parliament.

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