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

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Speaker Thandi Modise said the State of the Nation Address is not the platform to address the Gordhan issue and said the EFF was disrupting the proceedings by delaying the delivery of the Sona.

"We have a murderer in the house, we have a man who has got the blood of innocent people (on his hands) in this house", said EFF leader Julius Malema, the minute Ramaphosa was supposed to deliver his speech.

"De Klerk is an unrepentant apologist of apartheid, who is not willing to accept that apartheid was a crime against humanity".

The annual joint sitting of Parliament, where the president addresses the country, is part of South Africa's democratic and constitutional architecture.

After the speaker dismissed their submission, EFF members of parliament started chanting "De Klerk must leave". It is a convention that all former presidents who are still alive are invited to this sitting.

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 also wanted Ramaphosa to fire the Minister of State Enterprises Pravin Gordhan, alleging he has run down state-owned enterprises.

Chants and constant interruptions delayed Ramaphosa's speech to the nation.

Instead, he added, Parliament has become "a place of fairytales and spin - where the ruling party will do all it can to present a sugar-coated version of the past, present and future, and hide the ugly truth from the people".

Members of Parliament were unanimous in their condemnation of the antics of the EFF on Thursday night, which led to the opening of Parliament being temporarily suspended.

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