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SONA2015: Violence at the End of the Rainbow, Part Two

SONA2015: Violence at the End of the Rainbow, Part Two

Thursday saw an unprecedented chaos in Parliament as the EFF were forcefully evicted after interrupting President Zuma's State of the Nation Address. GREG NICOLSON was in the House and brings you the pictures of the violence, literally blow-by-blow.


The EFF had promised to ask Zuma about the Nkandla issue during his address and as soon as the president finished his greetings, EFF members rose to ask questions. Once Speaker Baleka Mbete tired of the interruption, she requested the Sergeant-at-Arms to ask EFF members to leave. (Greg Nicolson)


The party refusing to leave, Mbete called for parliamentary officers and the security services to remove the party. Bodyguards surrounded the president. (Greg Nicolson)


From all the entrances to the House, security officers dressed like waiters streamed in, moving towards the EFF. (Greg Nicolson)


The officers violently restrained and removed the EFF members, some who put up a fight. The next few images speak for themselves. One EFF member was reportedly taken to hospital for a broken jaw. (Greg Nicolson)


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EFF leader Julius Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu were the last remaining party members as the number and force of the security officers meant they were able to force the others out of the National Assembly. (Greg Nicolson)


 Security grabbed both Malema and Shivambu… (Greg Nicolson)


 … Forcefully restrained them… (Greg Nicolson)


 … And literally pushed them out of the House… (Greg Nicolson)


… The second they were driven out, there was a cheer from the ANC. And President Zuma, surrounded by his own security, chuckled. (Greg Nicolson)


Malema and the EFF returned to their offices before singing outside the National Assembly where Zuma’s speech had resumed. (Greg Nicolson)


The EFF leader held a press briefing on the steps of Parliament, his shirt ripped for all the cameras to see as Malema once again stole the limelight from Zuma. (Greg Nicolson)


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