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EFF pleased Zuma isn't nervous about Sona

The president on Sunday said he’d never been nervous in his life.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema outside Parliament in August 2014 with EFF MPs. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Monday said they were pleased President Jacob Zuma wasn't feeling nervous about his State of the Nation Address (Sona).

The country's third largest party said it simply wanted to have a conversation with him.

Zuma on Sunday said he'd never been nervous in his life when asked if he was worried about whether the EFF would interrupt his speech.

EFF spokesperson Mbyuseni Ndlozi said, "We're not trying to threaten or intimidate him [Zuma]. We want him to come with a sound mind and respond to the question as to when he will pay back the money he spent on Nkandla."

Zuma, during a gathering with editors on Sunday, said if EFF leader Julius Malema asked him a question during his Sona, he'd be directed by the speaker as to what to do.

The president said it was up to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to say whether a question would be allowed.

Zuma will deliver his speech on Thursday.

Ndlozi says Mbete will be breaking Parliament's rules if she doesn't allow them to ask the president a question during his Sona speech.

He says she can't stop them from asking him a question.

"Mbete must conduct everything within the rules, so if she doesn't want to take a point of order, that would be misconduct on her part."

Parliament has meanwhile rejected claims of extra security measures being put in place in preparation for the upcoming SONA.

Parliament spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs insisted the reports were untrue and sensational.

I n August 2014, chaos erupted in Parliament when the EFF asked him when he would pay back the money for upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

Members of Parliament (MPs) were referring to a damning report released by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, which found Zuma and his family unduly benefitted from the upgrades.