February 09 2017 – POLITICAL parties have slammed the violence that broke out in Parliament ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday (this) evening.
Security officers clashed with Economic Freedom Fighters members when they forcibly removed them from the National Assembly.
They could be seen punching and kicking each other.
Zuma has delivered his State of the Nation address at Parliament after the event was delayed by unhappy MPs. The speech only got underway after a Cope MP and the EFF were removed from the chamber and the DA and Agang walked out.
While ANC secretary general berated Speaker of Parliament of being too patient.
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the violence in Parliament was “the direct result of a corrupt political party clinging onto power by using fear tactics and intimidation”.
“The army and riot police were deployed to bully members and journalists, pepper spray was used in the Parliamentary chamber, and members of Parliament were physically assaulted and removed from the chamber,” he said.
“Parliament ought to be a place where the public can engage with issues facing our nation… but Jacob Zuma and his ANC planned this mayhem. Days before SONA, the Parliamentary precinct, the streets surrounding, and the inner city were swamped with thousands of police officers, riot police and the military.”
The Freedom Front Plus asked how citizens could be expected to abide by the law if such misconduct could occur in the highest council chambers in the country.
In a statement it labelled the events in Parliament as “an embarrassment”. – News 24