Wednesday 28 September 2016

Brawl erupts in South African parliament

Published 17/05/2016 | 16:36

The opposition politicians were trying to disrupt a speech being made by South African President Jacob Zuma
The opposition politicians were trying to disrupt a speech being made by South African President Jacob Zuma

A fight broke out in South Africa's parliament as opposition politicians trying to disrupt a speech by President Jacob Zuma clashed with security guards.

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Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, who were dressed in red, were physically removed from the parliament building in Cape Town after they said Mr Zuma himself should leave because of corruption allegations against him.

The opposition party has been thrown out of parliament before, but the latest confrontation was particularly aggressive. Window panes in a parliament door were shattered during the chaos.

After the brawl, Mr Zuma called for dialogue among political leaders.

In March, South Africa's Constitutional Court said Mr Zuma "failed to uphold" the constitution when he did not pay back some of the more than £13 million in state funds used to upgrade his rural home.

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