- After an eventful start to the State of the Nation Address, political parties have called for the EFF to be punished
-The proceedings were temporarily suspended and many feel that heads should roll over the incident
- The EFF itself is unfazed about the backlash and is expected to hold a press briefing on Friday morning
Political parties have called on Parliament to take action against the Economic Freedom Fighters after the SONA was disrupted on Thursday evening.
Briefly.co.za reported that the event was suspended for a short time after the Red Berets had raised numerous points of order aimed at former president FW de Klerk and Minister Pravin Gordhan.
After proceedings kicked off following the EFF leaving the chambers, party leaders had condemned the behaviour on display.
Many agreed that action should be taken with ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina commenting:
"We have to amend these rules further. We cannot allow people to cause disorder for an hour. This is rather too much. These members must be summoned to the powers and privileges [committee] and account for what they have done."
The NFP's Ahemed Shaik Emam had pointed out the incident had been planned ahead of time:
"This is a deliberate act of criminality because they pronounced through the media that they would come here and disrupt this sitting. I want to urge you, madam speaker, that there needs to be consequences for such actions."
UDM MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa summarised his feelings eloquently, commenting that:
"We can't find expression as the UDM to explain how we are feeling. We're are gatvol."
National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise had confirmed the matter would indeed be taken further, indicating that the EFF would be punished for the disruption.
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