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#Sona2016: EFF, Cope walk out as Zuma attempts his speech

After much back and forth, Mbete warned Julius Malema’s caucus to cooperate or leave.

A screengrab of Economic Freedom Fighters MPs leave the house chanting "Zupta Must Fall" during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address on 11 February, 2016.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address has got off to a dramatic start, with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) delaying the start of the president's speech and members of the EFF and Congress of the People (Cope) staging a walk-out.

EFF MPs wanted clarity on whether National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete intended suspending Parliament's rules by disallowing points of order.

After much back and forth, Mbete warned Julius Malema's caucus to cooperate or leave.

When Zuma eventually took to the podium, Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota rose on a point of order and accused the president of breaching his oath of office.

Lekota and his caucus then walked out of the chamber.

At the same time, National Congress of Provinces chair, Thandi Modise, has asked members of the EFF to also leave the house.

Malema defended them vehemently, claiming that Modise has singled them out.

The EFF then chanted "Zupta must fall", as they walked out of the Chambers.

WATCH: Sona live

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