The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema was kicked out of parliament today after he refused to withdraw remarks he made about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the chamber last month.
Malema had earlier accused Ramaphosa of conspiracy to commit murder, following the Marikana shootings in 2012. Malema repeated those remarks again this evening.
EFF has confirmed that its leader Julius Malema has been kicked out of the National Assembly. The party’s Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu says the incident happened when Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was answering questions in the House.
Malema is reported to have refused to withdraw a statement that Ramaphosa was responsible for the “killing of mineworkers in Marikana”.
Chairperson of the House Mmatlala Boroto, after requesting the Sergeant at Arms to remove Malema from the House, called in the Parliament’s Protection Services to physically eject him.
A group of protection services members, all in plain clothes, rushed into the National Assembly.
After some tugging and pushing, and a few blows exchanged, the party in red started moving out of the Chamber.
As quickly as they entered, the protection services then left the Chamber.
Malema defiant to the end, said he would rather go to jail, than withdrawing his remarks.
Ramaphosa declined to comment.