EFF members refuse to leave Parliament on Thursday in defiance of an order by Speaker Baleka Mbete to vacate the National Assembly.   Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
EFF members refuse to leave Parliament last Thursday in defiance of an order by Speaker Baleka Mbete to vacate the National Assembly. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

MEMBERS of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) disrupted proceedings in the National Assembly on Thursday while President Jacob Zuma was answering questions.

Speaker Baleka Mbete instructed EFF leader Julius Malema and his fellow MPs to leave the house because they were “not serious” about proceedings.

The EFF members, however, stood their ground and refused to leave the National Assembly.

Mr Malema was not happy with how Mr Zuma answered questions on when he was going to pay back part of the money spent on R246m security upgrades to his private Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

“I will throw you out of the house if you don’t listen,” Ms Mbete shouted at EFF members, who responded by chanting “pay back the money”.

Ms Mbete eventually had to adjourn the House and call in security to help remove the EFF members.

While Mr Zuma and MPs from other political parties left the chamber, EFF members remained, still chanting “pay back the money”, and insisting they would not move.

EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu shouted at Ms Mbete: “You won’t remove us.”

Sapa