South African law­mak­ers brawl dur­ing protest of pres­i­dent

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s par­lia­ment de­scended into chaos on Thurs­day, with op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers de­nounc­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as a “scoundrel” and “rotten to the core” be­cause of cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions and then brawl­ing with guards who dragged them out of the cham­ber. The rau­cous scenes un­folded on na­tional tele­vi­sion as op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors tried to stop Zuma from ad­dress­ing the cham­ber, re­peat­edly in­sult­ing the pres­i­dent and declar­ing him un­fit for of­fice. In the sur­round­ing streets of Cape Town, po­lice and hun­dreds of mil­i­tary forces pa­trolled to guard against pro­test­ers who want Zuma to quit. Se­cu­rity teams even­tu­ally were called into the cham­ber to re­move red-clad mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters, some of whom threw punches and pounded guards with plas­tic hel­mets.

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