- The State of the Nation Address is upon South Africa and Parliament says everything is in place for the event
- However, the threat of the Economic Freedom Fighters disrupting Ramaphosa's speech still hangs in the air
- Parliament insists that the rules will be followed, preventing the event from descending into chaos
President Cyril Ramaphosa is busy putting the finishing touches on his State of the Nation Address.
Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had reiterated its call for the removal of Pravin Gordhan as the Minister of Public Enterprises.
The Red Berets has since released a 10-point list, going into detail as to why the politician should be stripped from office.
Leader Julius Malema had made it clear that Gordhan's continued tenure would result in the ire of the party being turned upon Ramaphosa himself, vowing to disrupt the proceedings at the SONA.
But Parliament insists it will rely on its rules to ensure the speech doesn't descend into chaos on Thursday evening.
Spokesperson Moloto Mothapo addressed the threat and the claim that SAPS officers would be brought in:
“The existing joint rules of Parliament sufficiently protect sittings of the houses and committees from disorder. Open threats to disrupt the work of Parliament, including the propagation of conspiracy theories, are not in the interests of the public. Any MP or any parties with evidence of any alleged plot to unlawfully use police in the chamber should come forward.”
SABC reports that National Assembly Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli has sent a strong warning to EFF members:
“We can’t allow people in the house to be disruptive. We adapted our rules because of this and there will be no hesitation by presiding officers to carry out that responsibility that in the event that the presiding officers feel that what’s happening is out of order, that they are not even listening to those who ask to talk to them gently and if they choose not to do so, their place is in the streets.”
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