Opposition party head forced out of South African parliament

Economic Freedom Fighters party leader, Julius Malema, evicted from South Africa's parliament for calling deputy president 'murderer'

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

South African EFF leader, Julius Malema, gestures during a session in Parliament, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Head of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, Julius Malema, was kicked out of the chamber of the South African parliament on Wednesday after he refused to withdraw his statement calling Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa a "murderer."

"I will never apologize to Cyril," Malema argued, dressed in his party's trade-mark red overalls.

Malema along with his party accuse the deputy president of being involved in the 2012 Marikana massacre in which 34 striking miners lost their lives after being gunned down by police near the Marikana mine operated by platinum producer Lonmin, which at that time was directed by Ramaphosa.

House chairwoman Mmatlala Grace Boroto ruled that Malema's remarks were offensive and then requested he leave.

As Malema refused to do as requested, Boroto called the Sergeant at Arms to remove him, inciting a brief commotion near the EFF benches as je was pulled out by security guards.

Ten other people were reported to have been killed in the Marikana violence, including two police officers who were hacked to death, which prompted public and media criticism of the police, mining companies, unions and the ruling African National Congress.

Malema, who previously was the commander of the youth league of the ruling African National Congress, is known to have rattled the parliament.

He and members of his party were forcefully removed after interrupting President Jacob Zuma's annual speech in February.

The interruption took place as Malema was demanding to be permitted to confront the president about when he would repay part of a $23 million state-funded security upgrade of his rural home. Zuma has rejected the existence of any misconduct in the development.

The EEF party was able to win 25 seats during last year’s elections which brought new changes to South Africa’s somewhat calm parliament.

Members of the EEF are known to wear red overalls and hard hats during sessions in the chamber in solidarity with the people of the working class.

TRTWorld and agencies