Mass brawl breaks out in South African parliament ahead of Jacob Zuma speech

A mass brawl broke out in the South African parliament between opposition politicians and security guards who dragged them out of the chamber.

The raucous scenes unfolded on national television after they tried to stop the country’s President Jacob Zuma from making an address, denouncing as a “scoundrel” and “rotten to the core” because of corruption allegations and declaring him unfit for office.

In the surrounding streets of Cape Town, police and hundreds of military forces patrolled to guard against protesters who want Mr Zuma to quit.

Security teams eventually were called into the chamber to remove red-clad members of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, some of whom threw punches and pounded guards with plastic helmets.

Members of the Democratic Alliance, the country’s biggest opposition group, then walked out in protest. Some members of the ruling African National Congress party heckled them as they left.

“Out, Out,” they shouted.

“Finally,” said a laughing Mr Zuma, who then started an annual address on the economy and other national matters.

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