EFF interrupts Zuma at opening of parliament

  President Jacob Zuma’s eighth state-of-the-nation address was interrupted by EFF MP Godrich Gardee. Zuma started his speech commemorating the adoption of the Freedom Charter. “The year 2015 marks 60 years of a historic moment in our history when South Africans from all walks of life adopted the freedom charter,” Zuma said.

He was shortly after that interrupted by Gardee calling for a point of order. EFF leader Julius Malema insisted on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma answer questions regarding upgrades to his private Nkandla home. “You not doing me any favours… it is within my right to speak as a member of this House and let me remind you that it is incorrect of you that when the president speaks you suspend the rules,” he told Speaker Baleka Mbete.

“We want the president to answer a simple question, when is he paying the money as instructed by the public protector?” National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mebete ordered that a number of EFF MPs leave the House after they interrupted President Jacob Zuma’s state-of-the-nation address on Thursday. Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, chief whip Floyd Shivambu and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi refused to leave.

Other EFF MPs protested on their behalf. “Sizo lala la [we going to sleep here],” one of them shouted. Mbete ordered that security be brought into the House to remove the MPs. “The security forces must come in…,” she said.  


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