After 45 minutes of interruptions and chaos, the Speaker of the South African National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, laid down the rules in a bid to stop interruptions in the President’s State of the Nation Address.
Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, also took to the podium, asking for the order of the day to continue.
President Jacob Zuma was supposed to start addressing parliament and South Africa as a whole at 19h00 CAT, but an hour passed without the president doing so. He merely greeted some of the delegates as he kept on being disrupted.
Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise, asked a number of members to leave the chambers. This provoked Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema to speak in a raised voice, saying Modise cannot remove people in a bid to protect one man.
“He has stolen from us, he has made the economy of the country a joke and after that he has laughed at us. He is not our president,” says Malema.
He and the rest of the EFF members proceeded to chant ‘Zupta must fall’.
All of the EFF members then made their way for the doors, leaving the chambers. This is the second party to leave the procession.
After applause from mostly members of the ruling party, the African National Congress, President Jacob Zuma then continued with his State of the Nation Address.