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Julius Malema (center) arrives to take part in the first session of the newly elected South African parliament on May 21, 2014 in Cape Town. (Getty Images)

South Africa Parliament Kicks Out Radical Lawmaker

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 05:44 PM

Firebrand South African lawmaker Julius Malema was ejected from parliament on Thursday after refusing to retract controversial comments in which he accused the government of murdering miners.

"When police reduce crime, you come here and say the ANC has reduced crime. And when police kill people, you don't want us to come here and say the ANC government has killed people. That is inconsistent," Malema had said in his maiden speech to parliament on Wednesday, referring to the ruling African National Congress.

The following day, parliamentary chairman Thandi Modise ordered Malema to withdraw his remarks because they were "unparliamentary", but he refused to do so.

"I maintain the ANC government killed people in Marikana," he insisted, referring to the town where 34 striking platinum miners were killed when police opened fire on them in August 2012.

After being ejected from parliament, Malema stormed out along with fellow parliamentarians from his leftist Economic Freedom Fighters. They shouted, "You murdered people in Marikana! You killed people! You are murderers! Mercenaries!"

Malema, 33, was kicked out of the ANC in 2012 after criticiszing the leadership. He founded the Economic Freedom Fighters party less than a year ago, but it has grown rapidly and took third place with just over six percent of the vote in last month's general election.

His fiery rhetoric, populist stance and stunts such as turning up in parliament in overalls, a hardhat and gumboots, ensure that he gets a great deal of coverage in local media.

The ruling ANC described his actions in parliament as "atrocious".

"Such abhorrent behavior, disguised as 'militancy' or 'radicalism' makes a complete mockery of this institution and is contemptuous to the people of South Africa," said the ANC chief whip Moloto Mothapo.

 

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Firebrand South African lawmaker Julius Malema was ejected from parliament on Thursday after refusing to retract controversial comments in which he accused the government of murdering miners.
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