Parliament, Cape Town - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was asked to leave the National Assembly on Thursday night, after refusing to withdraw a remark accusing the ANC of murdering mineworkers in Marikana.
Malema made the remarks during his maiden speech on day one of the state-of-the-nation debate on Wednesday.
“I have arrived at the conclusion that the statements made by honourable Malema are unparliamentary and do not accord with the decorum of this house,” National Council of Provinces chairwoman Thandi Modise said during her ruling at the end of Thursday's debate.
Modise said that while freedom of speech was allowed in Parliament, it was subject to limitations imposed by the constitution.
“The statement made by honourable Malema suggests that the government, which is made up of members of this House, deliberately decided to massacre people. This does not only impute improper motive, but also accused them of murder.”