11 February 2016

South Africa: 'Zupta Must Fall' - and EFF Walks Out

Photo: GCIS
President Jacob Zuma, Mrs Bongi Zuma, Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete and NCOP Chairperson Thandi Modise arrive at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address.

The opening of Parliament collapsed into chaos on Thursday evening, with a red sea of EFF MPs taking over proceedings and chanting "Zupta must fall".

"He [Zuma] has stolen from us," Malema shouted.

"We do not recognise him as our president. He is not our president," said Malema, before starting to chant "Zupta must fall, Zupta must fall."

He added, "You are prepared to remove a whole party which has been elected by the people... [to protect] one man."

All the Economic Freedom Fighter MPs then stood up, fists in the air, chanting with Malema.

As they left the chamber, one MP shouted, "When we come back next time, you will not be our president."

After they left, Zuma stood up as if nothing had happened, and continued with his speech.

"Zupta" is a reference to Zuma's close links with the influential Gupta family who secured an interdict against the EFF this week.

Source: News24

More on This

EFF Leader Julius Malema Asked to Leave SONA Several Times

Reminiscent of last year's State of the Nation Address, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was asked to… Read more »

Copyright © 2016 News24Wire. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 1,000 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.