SONA: Zuma to look to speaker if EFF asks a question

Malema has said he’ll disrupt the speech on Thursday night to demand that Zuma pay back the money.

South African president Jacob Zuma delivers his State of The Nation address at the South African parliament on 17 June, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says if Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema asks him a question during his State of the Nation Address he'll be directed by the speaker as to what to do.

Malema has said he'll disrupt the speech on Thursday night to demand that Zuma pay back the money spent by government on his home at Nkandla.

Zuma says it's up to the speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, to say whether a question is in the rules if Julius Malema does stand up on Thursday night.

He also says the EFF said it would go to Parliament to misbehave and that's what it's done.

Zuma says there's no foreign national problem in South Africa and that the problem is with people who have fake documents.

The President says he's satisfied with how his economic cluster ministers are working to grow the economy.

At the same time, Parliament has rejected claims of extra security measures being put in place in preparation for the up-coming SONA.

Weekend newspapers report Parliament took an unprecedented move by sending security staff for self defence lessons.

The claims include the security beef up is to protect members of Parliament from EFF leaders, adding that bullet proof vests and batons were supplied.

However, Parliament's spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs says the allegations are untrue and sensational.

"We rejected the claim about Parliament acquiring or procuring based on bullet proof vests, handcuffs and other combat equipment, that is sensationalist. There has not been any decision to purchase such equipment."