The EFF have addressed the event last night, where MP Marshall Dlamini and a police officer got into a physical altercation after the SONA last night. The party claims to have been on high alert in response to a 'right-wing assassination plot'.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have claimed that the scuffle between MP Marshall Dlamini and a police office at the State of the Nation attempt had been in self defense.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF spokesperson, released a statement explaining their side of the story:
"The EFF has received media enquiries regarding an assassination threat on the life of the CIC [commander-in-chief] Julius Malema, which had been planned to be executed during the 2019 State of the Nation Address yesterday,"
According to News24, Ndlozi claimed that the Parliamentary Security Service has been infiltrated by these 'groups' and had chosen the SONA to 'assassinate' Malema:
"The security threat implicates elite members of the police, who are in collaboration with right-wing groups to take the life of the CIC, in an attempt to undermine the advances on the expropriation of land without compensation discourse, that will soon be law."
The party is convinced that their actions were totally justified, with the statement going on to say:
"Accordingly, when the CIC, Malema, and the EFF leadership were unreasonably stopped by these white shirts in Parliament, after the House had been adjourned, we all thought this was the moment and reacted with the necessary self-defence. The event of a white security man in black and white, being pushed and clapped [sic] in the face, followed him violently pulling the CIC Malema, from passing through the corridor doors of the National Assembly."
Nonetheless Parliament's presiding officers, Baleka Mbete and Thandi Modise, have released a joint statement, condemning the incident:
"The presiding officers are outraged and disappointed by this shameful conduct by the MP, who, as a public representative, is expected to display exemplary conduct to the rest of society – particularly during an important and decorous occasion such as the SONA,"
The officers will now wait for a full report on the matter in order to determine the appropriate course of action.
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