MEMBERS of Parliament from the EFF and Congress of the People (COPE) walked out of the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon as part of their quest to pressure on President Jacob Zuma into resigning.
Zuma was in the National Assembly to answer questions from MPs.
Malema and his EFF MPs walked out of Parliament saying they were not prepared to listen to Zuma address the National Assembly. Malema said they would wait outside and return once “the criminal” had finished speaking.
He said allowing the president to speak was unconstitutional‚ and threatened, “We will take you to court regarding this matter”.
The EFF leader had earlier led his party in objecting to Zuma speaking in Parliament‚ saying, “We are committing a constitutional blunder by allowing this president to speak”.
On Monday‚ the EFF had written a letter to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete demanding that she must urgently prevent Zuma from answering questions in the National Assembly on Tuesday because he had lost the constitutional right to respond to anything as a president of South Africa.
Malema said the Speaker allowed the president to continue addressing the house without consequences.
“This house only allows honorable people to speak here. We are not allowing a criminal to speak to this house‚” he said.
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said the president was not in the house to be ridiculed.
Mbete maintained that the business before the house was questions before the president that he needed to answer.
“We will not deal with any business here this afternoon other than questions to the president‚” she said.
Following her order ejecting EFF MP Floyd Shivambu from the house‚ Malema told Mbete that the party was leaving.
“We will leave because we are not prepared to listen to this criminal. We will come back when the criminal is gone‚” Malema said.