Following a disruption in the National Assembly yesterday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on all South Africans to unite and defend the country from being rendered lawless by Zuma.
According to the EFF, the party will not retreat on a simple plea to the executive: “The President must provide the date in which he will be paying the money unduly spent in Nkandla as the Public Protector has directed.”
“There is nowhere else, but in parliament where a President must humble himself and be answerable to the people,” the party said.
“The EFF cannot join the toothless tactics of parliamentary procedure when the very foundation of the rule of law is undermined by the executive. Parliament’s duty must be to exercise its constitutional mandate of holding the executive accountable, which means the President must answer the question raised to him by the house.”
The EFF’s National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi, said: “The Public Protector has done her job. She has given time and directives to the President, but the president has undermined all of this.”
“He comes to parliament hoping to escape accountability through his majority in parliament and the ANC speaker. Under these conditions, the EFF protested.”
“Protest is a constitutional tool left to truth seekers who are not finding the truth on platforms provided by power. Protest is there, protected by the constitution when the very rule of law is being undermined. By not responding as to when he will be paying the unduly spent money on his private residence Zuma has successfully undermined the rule of law as President of the republic.”
The EFF also applauded members of the media who also protested, refusing to vacate the gallery in order to capture the EFF’s protest to the end.
“These members of the media acted as the ears and eyes of the people when Parliament members were vacated and parliament TV switched off so that our people cannot see when ANC protest police physically assault EFF MPs as they did to EFF members of the Gauteng Legislature.”