'We want Ramaphosa to remove the minister of load shedding'

EFF leaders object as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa attempts to deliver his state of the nation address

EFF leaders object as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa attempts to deliver his state of the nation address

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". Malema says he has blood on his hands.

Malema said Parliament was wrong to invite De Klerk, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela for their efforts to end the white rule in the country. "It is an insult to those who died and [who were] tortured under the instructions of De Klerk to have De Klerk sitting in a democratic parliament", said Malema, whose party has 44 legislators in the 400-seat National Assembly.

Modise dismissed the request, saying the presence of De Klerk "is proper" and legal.

Before the President could even get past his greetings, the EFF again interrupted for a verbal onslaught on Pravin Gordhan, blaming him for loadshedding and SAA's business rescue, and demanding that Ramaphosa fire him... promising "you'll have a peaceful house" (if you adjourn the House to fire Gordhan).

The EFF has previously disrupted Sona proceedings, most famously popularising the "Zuma must fall" and "Pay back the money" chants in the halls of Parliament.

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