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#SONA2016 moments: Don’t look a GIF horse in the mouth

EWN takes a look at the shenanigans in the National Assembly, with tongue firmly in cheek.

EFF Commander in Chief Julius Malema introduces us all to rule 14C.
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JOHANNESBURG - After almost an hour of pre-speech heckling, grumbling and interruptions, President Jacob Zuma finally got a few words in during the 2016 State of the Nation address – only to be interrupted just 15 seconds in.

Eyewitness News takes a look at the shenanigans in the National Assembly, with tongue firmly in cheek.

(If you want the real news from the proceedings, click here or here.)

It all started with one little sentence from the Joint Rules of Parliament.

EFF Commander in Chief Julius Malema introduces us all to rule 14C.

Thanks to EFF leader Julius Malema and his MPs, no one is ever going to forget Rule 14C, ever again. But just in case:

14C. Member not to be interrupted

"No member shall interrupt another member whilst speaking, except to call attention to a point of order or a question of privilege."

Yeah right. 

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is having none of it.

“They tried to make me hand over parliament and I said no, no, no.”
Our ice-cold Speaker Baleka Mbete was having none of it.

Baleka be like…

Popular entertainment centre game "Whack a mole".

The Speaker played a game of Whack-A-Mole with EFF MPs for most of the first hour of proceedings. Every time she got one of them to sit down, another popped up.

Senior EFF member Floyd Shivambu.

Floyd Shivambu was clearly singing from the same hymn sheet as his Commander in Chief.  If only that little book were red, too…

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota terrorises National Speaker Baleka Mbete during the 2016 State of the Nation Address.

Surprisingly, the first MP to leave the house during #SONA2016 was not wearing red overalls.

After a fiery tirade against the president that reminds us of another ‘Terror’ from long ago, Mosioua Lekota and the rest of COPE stomped out. 

NOT MESSING AROUND: National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete faced a tough day at the office during the 2016 State of the Nation Address.

“All the better to see you off with, my dear.” 

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane trying to offer some direction in Parliament during the 2016 State of the Nation Address.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane seemed to be pleading for help from the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as the disruptions dragged on. 
“Please, come down and help us sort out this mess!”

Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor wasn't amused by the EFF's tactics in Parliament during Sona 2016.

Naledi Pandor, sick of the “extended dialogue” between the Speaker and EFF members, decided to let her eyebrows do the talking instead.

You like me? President Jacob Zuma reacts during his 2016 State of the Nation Address.

After the EFF left and the heckling finally died down, Jacob Zuma got a solid round of applause – and seemed almost surprised by it. 

President Jacob Zuma chuckles to himself during his 2016 State of the Nation Address.

And what would a public appearance by the President be without a trademark chuckle? 

Who is he? Whoever he may be, he certainly made a wave for a few minutes during the 2016 State of the Nation Address.

At least this guy was enjoying himself. Jazz hands!

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