The basic incompatibility between European value systems, democracy, and the Third World, has been vividly demonstrated once again in the South African parliament in Cape Town, when a huge brawl broke out between members of parliament and security teams after hecklers interrupted a speech by President Jacob Zuma.
Members from the bizarrely named—and violently anti-white—“Economic Freedom Fighters” (EFF) party fired questions at Zuma for more than an hour, forcing the president to halt his state-of-the-nation speech.
Zuma had earlier authorized more than 400 soldiers to join the security team outside the building during the speech, an unprecedented move his opponents described as a “militarization” of parliament.
Speaker Baleka Mbete ordered the EFF contingent ejected after their leader Julius Malema called Zuma “rotten to the core.”
Before they were ejected Speaker Baleka Mbete told the EFF, who were all dressed in red overalls and berets, “We have been patient with you; we have been trying to give you an opportunity to express yourselves, but… it is being abused.”
Zuma started speaking but then sat down as members of the EFF kept up an angry outburst for nearly an hour.
Outside the chamber police and military forces patrolled central Cape Town to guard against protesters.
Previous Zuma speeches in parliament have led to disruptions but the latest clash last week, made during a speech in which the president ironically said the government would push for a “greater role for blacks in the economy”—in other words, even more anti-white discrimination—was the most violent, with the scuffles spilling over into the precinct of the building.
Outside the parliament building, police fired stun grenades to disperse supporters of the EFF and the president’s African National Congress (ANC) party.
In his speech which he resumed after the fighting ended, Zuma said there were still problems with what he called the “distribution of wealth” in South Africa, saying that it was still “mostly controlled by whites” more than two decades after the ANC came to power in 1994.
“Political freedom is incomplete without economic emancipation,” Zuma said. “Today we are starting a new chapter of radical socio-economic transformation. We are saying that we should move beyond words, to practical program.”