CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Firebrand South African lawmaker Julius Malema was ejected from parliament after refusing to retract controversial comments in which he accused the government of murdering miners.
"When police reduce crime, you come here and say the ANC has reduced crime. And when police kill people, you don't want us to come here and say the ANC government has killed people. That is inconsistent," Malema had said in his maiden speech to parliament.
The following day, parliamentary chair Thandi Modise ordered Malema to withdraw his remarks because they were "unparliamentary", but he refused to do so. "I maintain the ANC government killed people in Marikana," he insisted, referring to the town where 34 striking platinum miners were killed when police opened fire on them in August 2012.
After being ejected from parliament, Malema stormed out along with fellow parliamentarians from his leftist Economic Freedom Fighters who shouted "You murdered people in Marikana! You killed people! You are murderers! Mercenaries!"