- The Economic Freedom Fighters claim a conspiracy is underfoot to bring SAPS officers disguised as security to the State of the Nation Address
- In a statement condemning the action, the Red Berets branded former president Jacob Zuma as both incompetent and corrupt
- Should Ramaphosa fail to heed the EFF's demands, the party vows to treat him in the same manner as they treated Zuma
The Economic Freedom Fighters claim to have uncovered a conspiracy in the making ahead of the State of the Nation Address:
"It has come to the attention of the EFF that Parliament Security Head Deon Van De Spuy is holding secret meetings to co-ordinate a conspiracy to smuggle members of the SAPS inside Parliament disguised as Parliamentary Protection Officers to unleash violence on members of the EFF during the State of the Nation Address."
The Red Berets slammed the move, adamant that it would undermine Parliament in favour of defending Cyril Ramaphosa:
"The arrogance to undermine the Constitutional Court and Rules of Parliament so early in the term of the 6th Parliament to defend an indecisive and incompetent President will only collapse the proper functioning of Parliament."
But the party claims this is not the first time that this move has been attempted at a SONA:
"The misguided and foolish intention is to bring members of SAPS dressed in white and black, in a similar way it was done in the 5th Parliament in defense of corrupt and incompetent former President Jacob Zuma.c
The party insists it will not be intimidated, reiterating calls for Pravin Gordhan's removal:
"The EFF wants to put it categorically clear that it will not be intimidated and will hold the executive accountable through all means necessary. If President Cyril Ramaphosa wants to continue defending the undefendable Pravin Gordhan, this will only mean we have passed a point of no return and we will deal with him the same way we dealt with the constitutional delinquent and corrupt Jacob Zuma."
Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had threatened to disrupt proceedings and the statement made it clear that this threat still stands:
"The EFF further maintains that we will not allow the proceedings of SONA to continue as long as Pravin Gordhan remains a minister. When Cyril Ramaphosa speaks, we will also speak."
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