Firebrand South African politician Julius Malema was Wednesday thrown out of parliament after refusing to retract comments in which he accused the country’s deputy president of being a murderer.
Parliamentary presiding officer Mmatlala Boroto had ordered Malema to withdraw remarks he made last month against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying they were unproven and derogatory.
Instead Malema repeated that “Cyril Ramaphosa is a murderer and participated in the conspiracy to kill the workers in Marikana.”
“I will never withdraw that,” he said, “you can take me to jail for that.”
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Thirty-four miners were killed at the Marikana platinum mine in 2012 when police opened fire on them during a wildcat strike.
Malema, leader of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, was ordered to leave parliament following his remarks but he ignored the instruction and security was called in to remove the populist lawmaker.
He has now been suspended from parliament for five days, according to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party.
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