Article by: Dumisane Dube
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the altercation with police outside Cape Town City Hall was as a result of them “trying to block EFF members from doing our jobs”.
Ramaphosa delivered his 6th State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening. In a two-hour long speech, Ramaphosa set out government’s plans to kickstart the country’s economy following two years of disruptions by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A video of a physical standoff between some EFF MPs and the police ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) went viral.
The party’s secretary-general Marshall Dlamini can be seen showing his parliamentary access card to the police officers, while MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi can be heard asking “What is the problem? Why are you stopping us?”
Malema said the main problem was racism.
“The police blocked EFF people from entering Parliament, the police always come here agitated, but there is a problem here of racist police, amongst them the coloured police officers and white police officers. So, when they see the red overalls, they just get angry, for no reason because these are Members of Parliament.
If you look in that commotion, the SG of the EFF is showing them a card that we are Members of Parliament. But they still don’t want to listen, but we can’t allow police to stop us from doing our jobs, we are here to do our job, no police, no army, no executive will stop us from executing our responsibilities,” said Malema.
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