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Speaker bundles out errant lawmaker for Zuma



For disrupting the State of the Nation address of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma in parliament, Thursday, speaker ordered security men to remove firebrand opposition leader Julius Malema, from the chambers.
This caused the official opposition members to walk out on the president while he was giving his speech.
“You can’t send police into parliament,” Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said as he led his party out after the eviction of the smaller Economic Freedom Fighters party.
Malema had caused uproar as he and his party members demanded that Zuma repay millions of taxpayers’ money spent on his private residence.
Malema and the others had vowed to prevent Zuma from speaking until he has answered questions about the $24 million of taxpayers’ money spent on “security upgrades” at his private residence.
The last time that happened, in August, riot police were sent in and the session collapsed in chaos.
This time there is even more at stake, as the nation will be watching on live television.
Malema and allies from his Economic Freedom Fighters party raised numerous points of order after Zuma began speech, and the speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete, then ordered that they be removed.


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