Right-wing groups wanted to kill Julius Malema during Sona, claims EFF
MP who slapped policeman was 'acting in self-defence'
The EFF claims there were plans to assassinate their leader, Julius Malema, during the state of the nation address (Sona) in parliament on Thursday night. And its MP, Marshall Dlamini, was acting in self-defence when he slapped a policeman, says the party.
In a statement on Friday, the party said the plan was pushed by right-wing groups who are in cohorts with the parliamentary security service (PSS) affectionately known as the "white shirts".
The party alleged that right-wing groups infiltrated the PSS and thus planned to "execute" their plan to take out Malema during Sona.
"The security threat implicates elite members of the police, who are in collaboration with right-wing groups to take the life of the CIC (commander in chief), in an attempt to undermine the advances on the expropriation of land without compensation discourse, that will soon be law," reads the EFF statement.
"The hope was that the EFF caucus would be kicked out of the house, using the parliamentary security (white shirts). The anticipated evil acts would then be carried out during this moment of chaos."
Video footage has emerged of EFF MP Marshall Dlamini slapping a man after the Sona address on Thursday, February 8 2018. In a statement from Parliament, national assembly speaker Baleka Mbete and national council of provinces chairperson Thandi Modise said they "denounce in the strongest terms the alleged assault of a police officer stationed at parliament by a member of parliament from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)."
The EFF added that the video of an EFF MP and the party's head of the "Defenders of the Revolution (DOR)" Marshall Dlamini slapping a security official on Thursday night — which has gone viral — was in self-defence. EFF MPs believed that "this was the moment" — after they were stopped by the white shirts — that the assassination plan was going to be carried out.
"The event of a white security man in black and white being pushed and klapped in the face, followed him violently pulling the CIC Malema, from passing through the corridor doors of the National Assembly," said the EFF.
"We must put it on record that according to the Powers, Privileges, and Immunities of Members of Parliament Act, no one is allowed to obstruct MPs in the precinct of parliament from going anywhere to do their work. It is illegal and those who do security in the precinct should be well aware of these provisions."