South Africa Opposition Pursues Assault Charges After Parliament Brawl

Reuters, November 17, 2014

South Africa’s main opposition party said on Monday it had asked law-enforcement authorities to charge a government minister and police with assault after several of its parliamentary deputies were injured during a brawl.

Police entered the chamber during session on Thursday for the first time since the 1994 end of apartheid after a furious debate over alleged graft in a $23 million state-funded upgrade to President Jacob Zuma’s house.

Critics said the episode, in which witnesses said lawmakers from the ruling African National Congress cheered as police physically ejected rival deputies, was an example of increased ANC thuggery to chill dissent. The ANC denies such accusations.

The ANC said the disturbance arose from “anarchy” caused by the two leading opposition parties, although TV footage showed members of all three parties trading insults. {snip}

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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela reported in March that Zuma had “benefited unduly” from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and an amphitheatre, at his residence and should pay back some of the costs of unnecessary renovations.

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Zuma has spoken of wrongdoing by officials who authorized spending on Zuma’s residence and said they should be prosecuted, but has not commented on accusations against himself.

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  • phorning

    I don’t envy any person who has to make the decision between trying to build a decent life for your family in a country where your ancestors have lived for generations or hoping you can find a country that will accept you as an immigrant and is better than what you are leaving behind in South Africa.

  • While we here in modern Amurrika are living in a real world infinitely looping movie version of The Bonfire of the Vanities, South Africa ditto for Birth of a Nation.

  • dmxinc

    Always makes me sick seeing these African imbeciles getting rich because of White work and innovation.

    • LHathaway

      In this case it was black work and political innovation.

      • Bunky

        Black work….?
        Ripe.

    • benvad

      Literally the chimps from the typing room instead of writing Shakespeare, they’re destroying a former 1st World nation.

  • superlloyd

    How long before a one party dictatorship in South Africa’s death spiral?

    • LHathaway

      How long before a 1 party dictatorship will save US?

      • My guess is 20 years. It is the end result of a true democracy in which people merely vote themselves other peoples’ money. However, I don’t see any forces moving in this direction right now.

        Maybe after amnesty of the 34 million, “incorrectly documented migrants”, 8 years of Hillary’s Presidency, and the collapse of the dollar, wiping out all of white America’s wealth but not their debts?

  • MekongDelta69

    Graft in an African nation?!?

    Nah – not possible. Say it ain’t so Joe…

    [How’s that anti-apartheid thing working out for ya?]

  • Yves Vannes

    Everybody was Bantu fighting

    Those kicks were fast as lightning.
    In fact it was a little bit frightening
    But they fought with expert timing.
    They were funky Bantu men from funky Bantu town…

    • JackKrak

      Here come the BIG BOSS!

  • IstvanIN

    Blacks are good at chaos.

  • MBlanc46

    Just about what one would expect in a black-run country.

  • MissaJim

    The joys of black rule. Just look what obongo has done to the US.

    • See The Future

      Don’t forget all the Congressional and Senate supporters on both sides. They are all guilty.

      • MissaJim

        Agreed, as is every president we’ve had in the past 50 years. Plus, every amerikan who wanted something for nothing from their fellow citizen. But like the old saying goes -“people usually don’t get what the ask for, but they get what they deserve”.