MEMBERS of Parliament from the EFF and Congress of the People (COPE) walked out of the National Assembly  on Tuesday afternoon as part of their quest to pressure on President Jacob Zuma into resigning.

Zuma was in the National Assembly to answer questions from MPs.

Malema and his EFF MPs walked out of Parliament saying they were not prepared to listen to Zuma address the National Assembly.

Malema said they would wait outside and return once “the criminal” had finished speaking.

He said allowing the president to speak was unconstitutional‚ and threatened, “We will take you to court regarding this matter”.

The EFF leader had earlier led his party in objecting to Zuma speaking in Parliament‚ saying, “We are committing a constitutional blunder by allowing this president to speak”.

On Monday‚ the EFF had written a letter to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete demanding that she must urgently prevent Zuma from answering questions in the National Assembly on Tuesday because he had lost the constitutional right to respond to anything as a president of South Africa.

“The EFF has on several occasions written to you to request that disciplinary proceedings should be instituted against Mr Zuma because the Constitutional Court has unanimously ruled that in his defiance of the remedial actions of [the] public protector‚ Mr Zuma has failed to uphold‚ defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land‚” the letter read.

Answering COPE’s Willie Madisha‚ Mbete said the National Assembly had a debate relating to the Constitutional Court judgment.

“I appeal to you to take your seat so that we can proceed with the programme of the afternoon with the president‚” she said.

Malema said the Speaker allowed the president to continue addressing the house without consequences.

“This house only allows honourable people to speak here. We are not allowing a criminal to speak to this house‚” he said.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said the president was not in the house to be ridiculed.

Mbete maintained that the business before the house was questions before the president that he needed to answer.

“We will not deal with any business here this afternoon other than questions to the president‚” she said.

Following her order ejecting EFF MP Floyd Shivambu from the house‚ Malema told Mbete that the party was leaving.

“We will leave because we are not prepared to listen to this criminal. We will come back when the criminal is gone‚” Malema said.

TMG Digital