- The Economic Freedom Fighters have made headlines after getting involved in a scuffles last night during the State of the Nation Address
- However, this is not the first time things have gotten violent in the National Assembly as far as the party are concerned
- Briefly.co.za explores the 5 other times the party restored to using violence in Parliament
The red berets have been involved in another scuffle in the National Assembly, this time during the State of the Nation Address.
Although the party refrained from disrupting the actual event, this latest scuffle marks the 6th time the party indulged in violence during a Parliamentary meeting.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that EFF leader Julius Malema had gotten into a verbal confrontation with an unknown man who is presumably a police or security official. Following this, Marshall Dlamini can be seen slapping the man.
The EFF has remained silent on the matter, but Parliament has confirmed an investigation is underway.
In the meantime, Briefly.co.za takes a look on the 5 other times the party used violence in Parliament:
1. SECURITY BREACH
In 2016, during ex-president Jacob Zuma's appearance in the National Assembly, EFF officials clashed with security attempting to force their way through the corridors of Parliament. It was alleged that Malema's personal security had gotten involved and the matter had been handed over to officials for investigation.
2. Flying Fists
In 2018 a scuffle broke out between the EFF and Agang SA MPs. Andries Tlouamma, MP for Agang SA, and Nazier Paulsen, EFF, had been asked to leave following the incident. The matter had been handed over to Parliament's disciplinary committee. Two other EFF MPs and a DA MP had also faced the committee after a verbal argument.
3. ‘NO PICTURES’
In another incident, Floyd Shivambu, the EFF deputy president, had been caught on camera assaulting a journalist outside of Parliament. The journalist had asked to take a picture of the deputy, who had then attempted to grab his phone. Shivambu had apologised, saying:
“The scuffle happened and was never an assault on the journalist or media freedom.”
4. VERBAL SPAT
In 2018 Julius Malema and John Steenhuisen had gotten into a heated argument. This time around, the DA Chief Whip had called Malema a 'VBS bank looter'.
Malema had responded by accusing Steenhuisen a racists and claiming the Chief Whip had been accused of rape. This had prompted chaos with chants of 'racist' being shouted.
In 2015 Malema and his comrades had been physically removed from the National Assembly chamber. This had ended in a brawl between the EFF and men alleged to have been police officers in casual clothes.
A number of members were injured and Parliament had received backlash for how the EFF MPs had been treated.
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