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PARLIAMENT – EFF MPs left Parliament chanting "Zupta must fall, Zupta must fall" during the State of the Nation Address on Thursday night in Parliament.
It all began when EFF MP Godrich Gardee told President Jacob Zuma to sit down so that he could raise a point of order.
“Sit down Mr Zupta,” said Gardee.
Godrich Gardee asks about Zuma's axing of Nhlanhla Nene #SONA2016— Dianne Hawker (@diannehawker) February 11, 2016
Gardee asked why Zuma hadn’t mentioned the change in finance ministers and the loss of millions in the economy.
Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise said the point wasn’t a point of privilege and he sat down.
President Zuma then continued his speech until he was interrupted again.
Losing track of how many times the @SAPresidentPR has had to sit down. Another EFF MP wants to ask a question and is also denied by Speaker.— Michelle Craig (@MichelleL_Craig) February 11, 2016
The Speaker Baleka Mbete explained the rules again that no debates or discussions were allowed in a joint sitting.
“Honourable members on those grounds I’m prevailing on all of us to allow the state of the nation address to be delivered,” pleaded Mbete.
Mbete asks members to allow #SONA2016 to be delivered. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi asks to address Mbete.— Dianne Hawker (@diannehawker) February 11, 2016
Malema tells Mbete not to address EFF as a group. #SONA2016— Dianne Hawker (@diannehawker) February 11, 2016
Mbete asked EFF leader Julius Malema to leave the chamber.
ANC MP and Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor then asked MPs to respect the rules of the House and allow the State of the Nation Address to continue.
Modise then asked a number of EFF MPs to leave the house.
“You’re out of order, you’re not allowed to ask people to leave for speaking in this house,” said Malema.
Malema says Zuma no longer deserves respect. Ushers called in to remove members. #SONA2016— Dianne Hawker (@diannehawker) February 11, 2016
“He (Zuma) has made this country a joke. Zupta must fall, Zupta must fall,” shouted Malema.
Modise then requested that all EFF members leave the house.
They left dancing and chanting, "Zupta must fall."
President continues with his speech after EFF ejection. #SONA2016— Dianne Hawker (@diannehawker) February 11, 2016
Meanwhile, outside Parliament ...