Chaos grips South African parliament as opposition challenge Zuma over corruption
SECURITY guards entered South Africa's parliament yesterday to remove opposition lawmakers who disrupted an annual address by President Jacob Zuma to demand that he answer questions about a spending scandal.
Zuma had just started his speech on the state of the nation when several opposition lawmakers rose to their feet to protest what they said was the president's failure to explain more than $20m in state spending on his private home, known as Nkandla.
They included Julius Malema, the former head of the youth league of the ruling African National Congress before being kicked out of the party.
Malema is now leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, a new political party that wants to redistribute resources to the poor. He and other lawmakers from his party wore red overalls and plastic red helmets, and scuffled with guards who ejected them.
After the removal of Malema's party, lawmakers from the main opposition party protested the ejection and walked out of the chamber. Zuma then resumed his speech.