SOUTH AFRICA’S MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY TO CHALLENGE SECURITY PRESENCE IN PARLIAMENT

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will challenge in court Friday the deployment of members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and police in Parliament during President Jacob Zuma’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) to a joit session of Parliament here Thursday night.

The DA members of Parliament walked out of the National Assembly chamber soon after the members frokm another leading opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), were forcibly removed by Parliament security.

President Jacob Zuma delivered his speech more than an hour after it was scheduled to begin because of countless points of order brought mainly by the EFF that he has no authority to address the House.

DA Leader Musi Maimane explains what will be taken to court: A review application as to the use of police and the army and what we saw, the stun grenades being deployed in Parliament.

“We want to put a review application to say the decision to do that is fundamentally irrational; it has no basis in law. It violates the separation of powers and ultimately, it puts Members of Parliament at great risk because now we must come to Parliament with masks because the army is here. You can’t raise any point because if they disagree with you they will shoot you.”

Meanwhile, in his speech President Jacob Zuma lauded South Africa as a safe and stable country where the constitution and rule of law reign supreme.

Police fired stun grenades at a group of protesting EFF members outside their offices in Adderley Street in the Cape Town Ccentral Business District who were protesting after hearing that their MPs were forcibly removed from the National Assembly.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK