- On Thursday, the State of the Nation Address (SONA) took place
- Prior to the SONA, the EFF promised to disrupt President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech
- However, before the head of state even uttered a word, the EFF had all hell breaking loose
On Thursday, South Africans anxiously watched as the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) kicked off. While many wanted to hear what President Cyril Ramaphosa had to say, others were focused on the EFF.
As always, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) threatened to disrupt President Ramaphosa's speech.
Before Ramaphosa got the opportunity to utter a word, Julius Malema called for removal of former president FW de Klerk.
After Madam Speaker rejected his request, Floyd Shivambu chipped in. Several EFF members gave their two cents' worth on the subject matter.
When the president finally took the stand, the EFF once again disrupted the address, shouting about rules and "Pravin must go".
Forty minutes into the SONA, the president had still not been able to start his speech and the Madam Speaker said she wouldn't be taking any more points of order.
Just before 8pm, the constant disruptions led to the Speaker suspending the proceedings.
Shortly after the SONA resumed, the EFF got back to their disruptive ways and were kicked out of Parly by Speaker Modise.
Briefly.co.za took a look at some of the reactions the EFF's behaviour in court generated online. Many agreed that De Klerk should not have attended the SONA and some even applauded the EFF.
Others felt the EFF was being childish and disrespectful.
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