South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Sweats From The EFF To Deliver SONA

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2020

Ramaphosa was expected to deliver the annual SONA during the official opening of Parliament, when the National Assembly was disrupted by a number of motions by the EFF.

After almost an hour of disruption, the National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise temporarily suspended proceedings, telling the EFF "when you think you have unlimited freedom of speech to infringe on the rights of others, that is a disruption".

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi left South Africans gasping with laughter after he called out MP Jacob Mamabolo who had stood up for a point of order.

The Speaker said that according to the rules President de Klerk and all former leaders of South Africa are invited to the SONA, and De Klerk was invited.

The EFF demanded FW De Klerk, South Africa's last apartheid-era president, be ejected from Parliament, accusing him of being "unrepentant".

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After the speaker dismissed their submission, EFF members of parliament started chanting "De Klerk must leave".

"De Klerk is an unrepentant apologist of apartheid, who is not willing to accept that apartheid was a crime against humanity. Therefore, it is an insult to those who died and were tortured in Vlakplaas under the instructions of De Klerk to have him sitting in a democratic Parliament".

Former Fees Must Fall activist Vuyani Pambo began the confrontation, saying "can the president please sit down" before saying the EFF would help run Parliament.

Numerous EFF MPs raised points of order, including that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan be fired, and would not obey Modise's rulings, prompting her to temporarily suspend proceedings.

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