Wait, so THESE guys are the best politicians we could find? The Pan African Parliament entered its fourth session, on its sixth day, on Tuesday afternoon. But the chaos that ensued slipped into an all-too-familiar pattern. Once again, brawls, arguments, and fierce confrontations have engulfed proceedings – with Julius Malema also in the middle of it all.
Pan Africa Parliament descends into farce… again
The event erupted earlier today, as stiff opposition towards rotational systems within the PAP caused a riot. Malema, alongside Zimbabwean MP Barbara Rwodzi, vowed to prevent any votes from going on Tuesday – until the matter was resolved. The pair have formed quite an alliance in the past week, and went in to bat together once more.
The video is, well, it’s everything we’ve already seen at the Pan African Parliament since it returned to Midrand. There’s just a lot of shouting, a high degree of screaming, and so much utter nonsense – all on the taxpayers bill, too. For those of you still trying to make sense of what’s going on here, several video clips have been shared online.
Watch: Malema pushed in Pan African Parliament chaos
- This was the moment things started to get heated
JUST IN: Proceedings at the #PanAfricanParliament have again been disrupted. Zimbabwean MP and member of election ad-hoc committee Barbara Rwodzi heads up calls for the rotational leadership system.
EFF leader Julius Malema bolsters the calls. pic.twitter.com/Qg4RfeSxAZ
— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) June 1, 2021
- We soon saw tempers flare amongst officials and MPs
— GPAN (@AfricaRepublic) June 1, 2021
- EFF leader Julius Malema was pushed away by one angry Pan African Parliament MP
— Abbz Royalty Sithole (@RoyaltyAbbz) June 1, 2021
Julius Malema ‘front and centre’ of disruption
Tensions have shown no signs of easing since things exploded in the afternoon session. The meeting has been arranged so that the organisation can elect its future president and vice president, but diplomacy – or a lack thereof – is preventing progress from being made. Julius Malema, meanwhile, remains in attendance:
[TODAY]: CIC @Julius_S_Malema at the Pan African Parliament today.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) June 1, 2021