PARLIAMENT - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mebete ordered that a number of EFF MPs leave the House after they interrupted President Jacob Zuma's eighth state-of-the-nation address on Thursday.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, chief whip Floyd Shivambu and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi refused to leave.
Other EFF MPs protested on their behalf. "Sizo lala la [we going to sleep here]," one of them shouted. Mbete ordered that security be brought into the House to remove the MPs.
"I ask the Parliamentary service officers to please come in and take out the honorary members," National Speaker Baleka Mbete said.
"I also ask the security officers to assist." Earlier, Julius Malema had asked Mbete to show him which rule prevented him from asking questions during the president's state of the nation address. "Point us the rule that gives you power to deny us this," he said.
"I'm not working for you, I'm not going to leave." Mbete told Malema that she would not allow any other points of order to be raised. Mbete then told EFF Floyd Shivambu to leave the chamber after he also tried to ask a question.
"I now have to ask that you leave the chamber, because it is clear that you are not prepared to cooperate with us," she said. EFF national spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told Mbete she was not a bishop.
"I'm appealing to your conscience honourable speaker," he added. At around 7.42pm, Malema, hat in hand, left Parliament. - eNCA