South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s attempts to speak in Parliament were disrupted for a second day as opposition legislators confronted him over allegations he tried to cover up the theft of cash from his game farm, Phala Phala.
Legislators from the populist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the second largest opposition party, were removed by security guards as they shouted that Ramaphosa should not be allowed to address the house.
They accused him of laundering money at his game farm and trying to hide it by not reporting the theft of $4m at Phala Phala to the police.
The party is also demanding that Ramaphosa step down as president pending investigations into the theft.
One of the protesting EFF legislators, Omphile Maotwe who interrupted Ramaphosa’s attempts to speak said “He must step aside and allow the law to take its course.” “There are serious allegations against him, so he can’t come to the house to address us.”
Parliamentary proceedings descended into chaos for the second day running prompting the Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, to order the removal of several legislators.