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South Africa MPs stop President Jacob Zuma’s Speech

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President Zuma

An address to parliament by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has been halted by opposition MPs.

Mr Zuma was responding to allegations that he had “unduly benefited” from an upgrade to his private home in Nkandla which cost taxpayers about $23m (£14m).

MPs from the new Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were not satisfied with his explanation and started chanting: “Pay back the money.”

Parliament was suspended and security called to oust the EFF group.

Police entered parliament in Cape Town carrying riot shields, tear gas and batons but then aborted their plans to forcibly remove the EFF MPs.

The governing African National Congress (ANC) said it was “appalled” by the behaviour of the EFF parliamentarians.

The Democratic Alliance, the largest opposition party, said the EFF’s “theatrics” meant South Africans “did not get answers from the president, to which they were rightfully entitled”.

Source: bbc

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