#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.
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.
#SONA2016 Malema: Zuma has stolen from us, he doesn't have our respect, he is not our president. Starts chanting: Zupta must fall. SG— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 11, 2016
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.
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