South Africa’s Parliament in a brawl on camera

South Africa’s Parliament in a brawl on camera
South Africa's Parliament in a brawl on camera

South Africa – The footage, filmed from the public gallery, shows the tussle between parliamentarians shortly after an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP was booted from the house.

The presence of police in the chamber, while the House is in session, is a violation of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, which prohibits the police from being in Parliament unless they have been instructed to be there by the speaker, her deputy or any other of the presiding officers.

Section 58 of the Constitution prohibits criminal or civil procedures from being brought against MPs for what they say in Parliament, and forbids their arrest in such matters. It is not clear who called the police.

Opposition MPs claim police assaulted several politicians.

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