EFF won’t back down on threats to interrupt Sona

The EFF says the president is using his State of the Nation Address to mislead the nation.

FILE. The EFF says the president is using his State of the Nation Address to mislead the nation. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) aren't backing down over their threat to put questions to President Jacob Zuma when he delivers his State of the Nation Address on Thursday night.

There could be drama and theatrics in the National Assembly if the red berets make good on their threat.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says Zuma must account for the public funds spent on his private Nkandla home.

"President Zuma uses that occasion to mislead the nation and we're actually giving him an opportunity to restore the confidence of the public by doing one thing right and that is to answer the most basic question."

Last year, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and his family had benefitted improperly from the money spent on his KwaZulu-Natal home.

She recommended that he repay some of the money.

While addressing news editors in Pretoria on Sunday, Zuma said the Nkandla matter is being used for political gain.

"At the top there, there's a clinic which belongs to government. It's unfair that no investigative journalist has gone back to find out exactly if this is not clear. Even if I say it as I'm saying it here, you're not going to report it because it's nice to write about Nkandla."

The president says there's something fishy in the way the Nkandla scandal has been dealt with and that it's been used for political gain.

He says he's been unfairly treated and that the media isn't interested in the facts.

Zuma also says he'll be guided by the speaker if EFF leader Julius Malema interrupts his State of the Nation Address.