- Parliamentary officials have responded to Julius Malema's comments on the upcoming State of the Nation Address
- The EFF leader recently called for the removal of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, issuing threats should this fail to happen
- However, officials are adamant that order with reign and any attempts at disrupting the event will be met with resistance
Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema has made it clear there would be trouble if President Cyril Ramaphosa fails to boot Pravin Gordhan.
Briefly.co.za reported that Malema had promised to make the upcoming State of the Nation address about the Public Enterprises Minister if Ramaphosa doesn't heed his warning:
“I want to tell [President] Cyril Ramaphosa today that if he can’t fire Pravin before the State of the Nation Address, the State of the Nation address will be about Pravin. We will stand up there, we will stop him from speaking, we will tell him ‘You must fire Pravin’ because we must protect South Africa’s assets. We are not going to allow them to steal the assets of South Africa on our watch. Pravin must go, and Pravin must go now.”
Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo has responded to Malema's comments, reports The Citizen:
“The presiding officers of parliament, led by National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces chairperson Amos Masondo, have cautioned against members of parliament making public threats to disrupt the business of parliament. They said such threats were irresponsible and showed lack of understanding for one’s duty to the public."
But Mothapo says Parliament officials won't be losing sleep over Malema's threats thanks to the measures in place to prevent such disruptions from happening.
Known as the 'white shirts,' Parliament has its own security force and the EFF is well-acquainted with them.
Last year the Red Berets were involved in a scuffle when MP Sam Matiase had made it clear the EFF refused to listen to 'constitutional delinquent' Pravin Gordhan.
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