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Opposition has various labels for President, police-harassed 'foreigner' speaks

#SONADebate: The Maimane-labelled 'broken' President

EWN Parliament's Gaye Davis on this story: President Jacob Zuma and his government have come under scathing attack in Parliament, with opposition parties accusing him of breaking democratic institutions and using force to silence opponents. The debate on Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona) got off to a tense start on Tuesday after opposition parties slammed the minutes of last Thursday's chaotic proceedings as inaccurate and incomplete. The minutes did not record the protest over the use of a cellphone signal jammer, the forcible removal by police of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) and the ensuing walkout by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and other parties, which Thandi Modise, who chaired the debate promised would be fixed. The president laughed when EFF MPs were removed last week and laughed again when accused of crushing democratic institutions and dissent. The DA’s Mmusi Maimane said: “You’re willing to break this Parliament if it means escaping accountability for the wrongs you have done.”

[WATCH] Maimane: 'Mr President, you broke Parliament'

#SONADebate: The Malema-labelled 'hooligan' President

Speaking at the State of the Nation debate in Parliament on Tuesday, EFF leader Julius Malema said no amount of violence and harassment would scare his party from taking on President Jacob Zuma.

[WATCH] Malema: Zuma, the 'hooligan' President (edited: EWN's Reinart Toerien)

[Opinion] How the police stole my integrity

Rikky Minyuku shares her harrowing experience at the hands of police officers:

On Thursday 12 February 2015, just after 09:30 in the morning, I was pulled out of a taxi in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Before I was taken from the taxi, I was greeted in Setswana and then again in isiZulu. Each time, my inflection and tone did not quite satisfy the police officer. She then demanded my passport, and to save her the trouble I offered my ID. She barely looked at it before she declared that I must get out the taxi and I was being arrested for fraud, for holding a South African passport when I am not South African.I was two blocks from my parents’ first house in Alexandra, in First Avenue. Just around the corner from the crèche I attended before we left Alex. I was not very far from the home my parents bought in Lombardy East in 1992. And yes, I am soft spoken and still have an American lilt in my speech, no matter what language I speak. So I was not even worried, it’s a common mistake people make about me. I expected a quick word outside the taxi, a thorough inspection of my ID and then I would be back on board headed home. I even left my bag on the taxi... but the police officer demanded the other commuters pass over my bag and they detained me.

Read the rest of Rikky's column courtesy of EWN here.

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