'De Klerk must leave this house,' says Julius Malema

FW de Klerk (2nd L), Former State President of South Africa, and his wife Elita (Georgiades) de Klerk (L), poses for a photograph with Amos Masondo (2nd R), National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson, and Thandi Modise (R), Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, arrives ahead of the State of the Nation address by Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa, at the South African Parliament in Cape Town on February 13, 2020.
FW de Klerk (2nd L), Former State President of South Africa, and his wife Elita (Georgiades) de Klerk (L), poses for a photograph with Amos Masondo (2nd R), National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson, and Thandi Modise (R), Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, arrives ahead of the State of the Nation address by Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa, at the South African Parliament in Cape Town on February 13, 2020.
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The EFF disrupted the proceedings at the opening of parliament on Thursday by objecting to the presence of apartheid's last president, FW de Klerk.

Julius Malema stood up before National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver the state of the nation address and said it was a mistake for parliament to invite a “murderer” like De Klerk.

Malema demanded that De Klerk leave the House before Ramaphosa delivered his speech.

“It is an insult for those who died and [were] tortured in Boipatong ... We please request De Klerk to please leave this house.”

Malema was followed by his deputy Floyd Shivambu, secretary-general Marshall Dlamini and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Modise dismissed the EFF's motion.

Shortly after this, the EFF delivered on its promise to disrupt Sona by demanding that public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan be fired.

Newly appointed EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo rose on a point of order just after Ramaphosa took on the podium to say the party would continue its disruptions until Gordhan was given the boot.


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