National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has announced that proceedings for the 2020 State of the Nation Address (Sona) by Cyril Ramaphosa have been suspended after the EFF delivered the promise of disrupting the SONA.
Just before 8pm, after dealing with an hour of disruptions, Modise said: “This house is suspended.”
The president was expected to deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address in the National Assembly on Thursday but was unable to do so after nearly an hour of disruptions by the EFF.
The EFF disrupted the sitting twice, first objecting to former apartheid president FW de Klerk’s presence, and then later demanding that Ramaphosa fire public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan.
“We have a murderer, a man who has the blood of innocent people on his hands in the House… We please request that De Klerk leave this house because he doesn’t belong in this house. The man with blood on his hands should leave this Parliament.”
“The people of Boipatong are still crying and De Klerk said apartheid was not a crime against humanity. He is an unrepentant apologist of apartheid; he is not willing to accept that apartheid was a crime against humanity.
“He’s 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.
“It is an insult for those who died and [were] tortured in Boipatong … We please request De Klerk to please leave this house,” said Malema.
Modise dismissed his motion by saying: “This sitting has been called for one item only, to give the president the space to address the nation. It is a convention that all former presidents who are still alive are invited to this sitting. The former President De Klerk has been invited because of that.”
Then, when Ramaphosa took to the podium to deliver his speech, EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo raised a point of order, saying Ramaphosa should only deliver his speech after firing Gordhan.
“We can’t fly to Durban because of this man,” said Pambo, referring to the crisis at SAA.
Earlier, Pambo said South Africans were without lights, in reference to the crisis at power utility Eskom.
EFF MPs called for the adjournment of the sitting.
“Please adjourn the house in order for President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Pravin.”
Modise objected to this and ordered EFF MPs to stop disrupting proceedings.
The disruptions lasted for close to an hour.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) February 13, 2020