EFF MPs leave Parliament

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

South Africa's far-left Economic Freedom Fighters lawmakers protested in the parliament on Thursday, forcing President Cyril Ramaphosa to abandon his annual state of the nation address.

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.

After the speaker dismissed their submission, EFF members of parliament started chanting "De Klerk must leave". Malema says he has blood on his hands.

"It is incorrect for you to have extended an invitation to De Klerk because De Klerk is a murderer, De Klerk has got blood on his hands".

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

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The EFF requested that former president FW De Klerk leave the National Assembly where President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to deliver his SONA.

Ahead of proceedings the EFF made Gordhan the scapegoat for some of the worst crises the administration faces and threatened to disrupt SONA if Ramaphosa did not axe Gordhan.

Speaker Thandi Modise ruled the motion out of order.

They also demanded that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, whom the EFF has been at loggerheads with, be fired from his position by President Ramaphosa.

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