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Zuma's Sona building up to be potentially tumultuous event

The EFF says if Zuma doesn't explain why he fired Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, the party will intervene.

President Jacob Zuma responding to the Sona 2015 debate. Picture; Thomas Holder/EWN.
President Jacob Zuma,Julius Malema,SONA,EFF leader Julius Malema,Sona 2016
Local Politics

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) next Thursday is building up to be a potentially tumultuous event, yet again.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says if Zuma doesn't explain why he fired Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene before he delivers his speech, the party will intervene.

Last year, the entire EFF parliamentary caucus was forcibly removed from the national assembly chamber for interrupting the president’s speech.

LISTEN: Malema outlines Sona 2016 plans.

EFF leader Julius Malema has thrown down the gauntlet.

“So it’s Zuma, it’s us, it’s the white shirts. We’ll share.”

Analyst Stephen Friedman believes the party is looking for media attention.

“You know you come two months later or a month later and you do an pantomime in front of the television cameras, it doesn’t really affect the reality.”

UCT Lecturer Zwelethu Jolobe says the EFF may not see any reason to change its strategy in Parliament.

“From an EFF point of view, that strategy has paid dividends and so from where they sit there is no reason to do anything differently.”

Last year, rules were tightened to deal with disruptive MPs.

WATCH: Malema: Guptas must leave SA

Meanwhile, Malema has rejected the president’s offer to repay portions of the money spent on his Nkandla home.

He says the EFF will continue with legal action against Zuma to hold him to account and has given the president two months to make the payment.

Malema says he is not afraid to be forcibly removed from Parliament’s chambers again. 

“He is not worth being given the respect that must be given to a sitting president.”

He says Zuma should step down as president and if he doesn't, the EFF will continue to disrupt Parliament.

EFF rejects Zuma's plan to #PayBackTheMoney



(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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