Irrespective of the violent dramatic display that took place in Parliament between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Parliament Protection Services, the opposition party has reiterated that it will continue to speak the truth until justice is restored.
South African Parliament degenerated to a house of shame and chaos on Tuesday after EFF members were physically ejected from Parliament. Punches were thrown and property was damaged during the scuffle with Parliament Protection Services
Before their ejection, the opposition party members objected and severally interrupted president Jacob Zuma from having a peaceful time with Members of Parliament (MPs) during a question and answer session.
EFF’s national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party will continue to remind Zuma of his shortcomings until he does the right thing- step down from office for violating the oath of office.
“He cannot be allowed to speak until he is held accountable in terms of the fact that he has violated his oath of office. An oath of office is the contract he signs with parliament and the people of South Africa in which he accepts a-priori, that if he breaks he must cease to be president,” he recalled.
On the other hand, Ndlozi lamented that National Speaker Baleka Mbete has defiantly refused to set disciplinary proceedings against Zuma rolling.
Ndlozi Slams Parliament Protection Services
He stated that it is a pity that no follow-ups have been made by the police after the party had severally opened a number of cases with them against Parliament security officials.
“In 2015, these very hooligans beat up EFF MPs to the extent that they left Honourable Reneilwe Mashabela with a broken jaw.
“Despite opening a case and submitting all medical certificates as evidence, not even a single police officer has ever called to follow up on her case,” Ndlozi asserted.
We will recall that ahead of Zuma’s appearance in Parliament on Tuesday, the African National Congress (ANC) chief whip and Members of Parliament (MPs) gladly welcomed Western Cape High Court’s decision to fling away EFF’s ‘frivolous interdict’.
The EFF had requested the court to interdict the National Assembly speaker – Baleka Mbete from bundling it members away from Parliament (should the need arise). But unfortunately for them, the application was dismissed as not being urgent.
So, having lost the case, Ndlozi explained that “the EFF has nothing left but to fight back.”
“We will no longer simply allow strangers to beat us up in parliament, all in protection of a criminal who has violated the constitution. No amount of violence will deter us from speaking truth to power.”
Meanwhile, Parliament has opened a case of damage to property at the Cape Town police station against the EFF after an entrance door glass was shattered and furniture damaged.
In response‚ the EFF asserted that Parliament’s initiative to open a case “will finally help us understand and realise if indeed there is equality before the law because the EFF has opened multiple cases against Parliament hooligans and nothing has ever been done.”