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Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters Party Promises More Fire in SA Parliament

  • Blessing  Zulu

Julius Malema, center, and other members of the Economic Freedom Fighters depart after disrupting the opening session of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 12, 2015.

Julius Malema, center, and other members of the Economic Freedom Fighters depart after disrupting the opening session of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 12, 2015.

South African opposition leader Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters says his party will not stop asking President Jacob Zuma critical questions about issues affecting the country.

In an exclusive interview with VOA Studio 7's Blessing Zulu, Mr. Malema said it was a pity that his members were Thursday bundled out of parliament after they demanded accountability from Mr. Zuma before making his speech on the state of the nation.

The South African parliament descended into utter chaos Thursday, when the opposition EFF lawmakers prevented President Zuma from delivering his annual speech.

Security officers entered parliament and forcibly removed members of the EFF, including Malema, who had halted the president's speech by asking when Mr. Zuma would repay the more than $20 million in public money spent on upgrading his private home.

After the removal of Malema's party, lawmakers from the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, protested the ejection and walked out of the chamber.

Mr. Zuma then delivered his speech to cheers of support from lawmakers of his African National Congress party, as he highlighted the strides South Africa has made since the end of white minority rule two decades ago.

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