South African lawmakers of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party brawled with parliamentary orderlies as they were ejected from the chamber for interrupting President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speech on Thursday.
Scuffling spilled over into the precincts of the building, Reuters reporters saw, as the lawmakers, clad in their trademark red overalls, continued to push the orderlies ejecting them on the Speaker’s orders.
Police fired stun grenades outside to disperse supporters of rival EFF and the ruling African National Congress party.
The main opposition party walked out of parliament, led by official opposition leader Mmusi Maimane.
— Chantall Presence (@ChazPrez) February 9, 2017
Teargas was released in the area where the spouses of members of the DA sat, incl Mayors of Tshwane, NMB & CT. #SONA2017
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) February 9, 2017
#Sona2017 Such a shame the people leading South Africa can only offer "FUCK YOU!" & "FUCK OFF!" to their political opponents. *slow-clap*
— Nickolaus Bauer (@NickolausBauer) February 9, 2017
— Thulasizwe Simelane (@ThulasSims) February 9, 2017
— Pheladi Sethusa (@pheladi_s) February 9, 2017
#sona2017 Everyone in the pubic galery looks depressed as Zuma starts speaking. Nobody outside the ANC benches laughs when he jokes.
— Jan de Lange (@JanniedeLange) February 9, 2017