Just a week after fights broke out in parliament during South African President Jacob Zuma’s national address, the leader returned to present his policies.
When President Jacob Zuma delivered his state of the nation address last week, he was not only interrupted, but also described as a “failed president” who should “step down immediately.” Fights then broke out between security personnel and members of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Over the past two days, the ruling ANC and opposition members were once again involved in name calling and crude insults. Thursday’s address escaped being disrupted because of the absence of members of the EFF.
EFF leaders have been barred from parliament for ten days and Zuma made it clear that the type of un-parliamentary behavior seen last week would not be tolerated.
“We again appeal to those MPs and parties that have taken a decision to cause mayhem in the house to use available democratic mechanisms to express themselves within the bounds of decency and decorum,” he said. “As adults we can disagree ideologically but we cannot lose the track of national interest.”
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