JOHANNESBURG - Security will be beefed up in Parliament for President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (Sona).
Zuma has authorised the employment of 441 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). They will be working hand-in-hand with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has vowed to disrupt Zuma’s Sona on Thursday. The party says no amount of security or intimidation, is going to deter them.
EFF spokeperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said at the eNCA studios on Tuesday that, "Zuma is going to be interrupted because we cannot legitimise people who break the Constitution."
"So our advice is that he gives it to somebody else this Thursday if they want the nation to hear. I don’t think there is going to be an opportunity for the SONA if it’s going to be delivered by Zuma."
"We are going to make sure that we raise the idea very sharply within the rules of the house. If it were ordinary South Africas who are caught stealing, they wouldn’t be holding public office. Zuma is not special.
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"No amount of security or intimidation is going to deter us. We are full members and public representatives, that’s how democracy works. We will be there making sure we confront the thief for what he is," Ndlozi said.
President Zuma is expected to deliver the annual State of the Nation address on Thursday from 19:00.
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