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EFF MP pics + Parly security, Minister slams Abramjee, bring on the #ProteaFire

EFF MP pictures used at Parly security drills

Pic credit: Reuters

EWN's Emily Corke on this story: Parliament has been called on to explain whether pictures of four Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) were used for target practice by security personnel ahead of the State of the Nation Address (Sona). The City Press has reported that pictures of four EFF MPs were used during training for the 'white shirted security personnel' who ejected them from Parliament. The paper says photos of party leader Julius Malema and MP Reneilwe Mashabela, who was hospitalised, were among those used. EFF members were forcibly removed after interrupting the president, wanting to know when he will 'pay back the money' in reference to Nkandla.

Minister singles out Abramjee #BringBackTheSignal chant

Pic credit: TimesLive (Yusuf Abramjee is pictured here in the navy suit)

EWN's Thando Kubheka on this story: Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has criticised journalists covering last week’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Cape Town, saying they undermined Parliamentary decorum by chanting 'bring back the signal'. Cellphone reception was cut off ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s address and journalists turned to Parliamentary officials for an explanation. When the signal was not restored, editors and journalists began chanting. The minister has singled out Primedia’s Yusuf Abramjee, saying he was out of line when chanting with other journalists for the signal to be restored: “I would also like Mr Abramjee to reflect on his own actions within Parliament on the night of Sona.” Dlamini says journalists know exactly which words to use: “[They chanted] in a way that aligned themselves to other political parties.” The minister says her tweets to Abramjee and editors were not threats.

Some Valentine's weekend cheer with Proteas win

EWN Sport's Marc Lewis on this story: South Africa have beaten Zimbabwe by 62 runs in their opening match of the 2015 World Cup. The Proteas were pushed harder than many would’ve expected, but need to thank JP Duminy and David Miller for their match winning contributions. Russell Domingo’s men were sent in to bat and soon found themselves 84/4 with Quinton De Kock (7), Hashim Amla (11), Faf Du Plessis (24) and AB De Villiers (25) all back in the changeroom within the first 20 overs. That brought Miller and Duminy together at the crease and the pair quickly took control of the match. They started conservatively, rotating the strike and working in ones and twos. The Proteas next face India on Sunday 22 February.

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