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South African Parliamentary Meeting Suspended as Chaos Erupts

A member of Parliament from the Economic Freedom Fighters is dragged out of a Parliamentary sitting by Protection Services, in Cape Town, on June 9. 

A member of Parliament from the Economic Freedom Fighters is dragged out of a Parliamentary sitting by Protection Services, in Cape Town, on June 9. 

Photographer: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

A sitting of South Africa’s National Assembly was suspended on Friday after lawmakers from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters disrupted proceedings for a second day, preventing President Cyril Ramaphosa from replying to a debate on his office’s budget allocation.  

Security officers forcibly wrestled some EFF members from the debating chamber, while others who were participating in the proceedings remotely were cut off from the online system, before the Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula halted proceedings.