- Yesterday saw the EFF cause chaos in Parliament on a whole new level, even by their own standards
- A charged altercation between several party members and the house speaker ended with the EFF delegation approaching Pravin Gordhan
- Parliamentary services were then forced to remove the Red Berets from the premises, and some politicians feel the party went too far this time
The Economic Freedom Fighters are somewhat infamous for disrupting parliamentary proceedings.
However, while Minister Pravin Gordhan was attempting to deliver budget proposals for Public Enterprises, he only got a few sentences into his speech before he was interrupted by an EFF MP on a point of order.
The MP ignored orders from the house to quietly take his seat, prompting a furious response from his fellow party members. A row ensued, with EFF MPs claiming that they were being silenced.
Almost the entire delegation approached Pravin Gordhan, who stood his ground against the riled politicians, repeatedly saying, "They must touch me", daring the politicians to lay a hand on him and implying that severe consequences would follow if anyone followed through.
The offending MPs were eventually removed after a massive squabble, with security forcing them to the exit. While the EFF is notorious for similar incidents, Mzansi has never seen them square up to a politician delivering a speech quite like this.
The Democratic Alliance's John Steenhuisen, who had been present, had risen on a point of order to criticise the behaviour, adamant that this time the party had gone too far.
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