Feb 17, 2015 9:29 AM

Opposition outrage roils South African parliament

The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) The South African parliament is supposed to be a sanctuary for decorum. These days, it is anything but.

On Tuesday, an opposition party complained in parliament that their chief had been called a "cockroach" by the assembly speaker. A top member of another opposition group described President Jacob Zuma, who was in the chamber at the time, as a "broken man" who will eventually be swept from power.

Last week, security guards entered parliament to remove opposition lawmakers who disrupted an annual address by Zuma to demand that he answer questions about a scandal.

The ruling African National Congress has dominated politics since the 1994 end of white racist rule, but the scandal over state spending on Zuma's home has been a flashpoint for opposition walkouts and protest speeches.


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