South African security officers remove opposition lawmakers during Zuma speech

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 12, 2015 1:24 PM

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African security officers removed far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) lawmakers from parliament on Thursday after they disrupted President Jacob Zuma's State-Of-The-Nation speech and members of the main opposition walked out in protest.

EFF lawmakers interrupted Zuma with questions over alleged graft in a $23 million upgrade to his Nkandla home. Speaker Baleka Mbete told the EFF members that it was "not a question session" before asking for them to be removed when carried on.

Opposition Democratic Alliance lawmakers then walked out.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Louise Ireland)