Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

South African Opposition Heckles President in Parliament

Zuma, who has expressed condolences to the families of the dead, has been under scrutiny for an allegedly improper relationship with the Guptas

South African President Jacob Zuma, center, on his arrival at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 for his State of the Nation address, photo: AP/Nic Bothma
7 months ago

South African opposition lawmakers tried to stop President Jacob Zuma from addressing parliament on Thursday, repeatedly interrupting the proceedings to declare that he is unfit for office because of corruption allegations.

The raucous scene unfolded as police and military forces patrolled central Cape Town to guard against protesters who want Zuma to quit. While at least one group of protesters scuffled with police who blocked their path, the streets were mostly calm.

Zuma is “rotten to the core,” said Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, an opposition party. Other opposition legislators described the president as a “scoundrel” and a “constitutional delinquent.”

Zuma, who was waiting to give an annual address on the economy and other national matters, is a politically weakened figure who has faced calls to resign even from factions of the ruling African National Congress party. Some ANC members blame Zuma’s scandals for the party’s poor performance in local elections in August, in which it lost control of several key metropolitan areas.

Critics condemned an announcement by Zuma’s office that 441 members of the military would assist police in maintaining order during the speech and the opening of parliament. The military has previously deployed for the event, but the security operation was among the largest in recent years.

The hours leading up to Zuma’s speech featured the pomp associated with the annual opening of parliament, when dignitaries walk on a red carpet and pose for cameras in an impromptu fashion show.

Leaders of the Democratic Alliance, the biggest opposition party, posed in front of a banner recalling nearly 100 psychiatric patients who died last year in Gauteng, the country’s most developed province. Local officials had transferred the patients to non-governmental groups allegedly operating with invalid licenses.

Zuma, who has expressed condolences to the families of the dead, has been under scrutiny for an allegedly improper relationship with the Guptas, a business family of Indian immigrants that has been accused of meddling in top government appointments. The president has denied wrongdoing.

Zuma, who took office in 2009, also reimbursed the state more than $500,000 in a scandal over upgrades to his private home.

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
World

Turkey: 19 Migrants Killed, 11 Missing a ...

1 hour ago
Business

Uber to Lose its License to Operate in L ...

2 hours ago
Mexico

Heading to Mexico? Busiest U.S. Crossing ...

2 hours ago
World

Theresa May: UK Seeks Two-Year Transitio ...

2 hours ago
Most Popular

Mexico Shocked By News: Girl Trapped in ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 273

By Notimex
Mexico

7.1 Magnitude Quake Kills 139 as Buildui ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

Celebs Donate to Quake Relief, Politicia ...

By Federico Rojas Frias
Mexico

Semar: No Missing Child in Collapsed Sch ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico