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WATCH LIVE: MPs debate the State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma is due to respond to the debate on Thursday.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane presents his speech for the State of the Nation debate. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) are this afternoon debating on last week's State of the Nation Address (Sona) by President Jacob Zuma.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, accused President Jacob Zuma of being a broken man who has broken Parliament.

Members of Parliament (MPs) are debating the Sona this afternoon, just five days after chaos erupted and police officers were called in to physically remove Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs who asked Zuma when he would pay back the money spent on Nkandla.

Today Maimane addressed Zuma directly and didn't mince his words.

"Honourable president in these chambers just five days ago, you broke Parliament. For you honourable president, aren't an honourable man, you're a broken man presiding over a broken society."

He criticised the president's actions after the EFF were expelled last week.

"You laughed while the people of South Africa cried for their beloved country. You laughed while trampling Madiba's legacy in the week we celebrated 25 years of his release."

President Jacob Zuma smiles at Mmusi Maimane's accusations. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Maimane once again referred to Zuma as "broken man" who was bent on breaking every democratic institution.

"This broken man [Zuma] has indeed broken our economy."

Earlier, National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chair, Thandi Modise, said speaker Baleka Mbete did not call EFF leader Julius Malema "a cockroach" in Parliament and therefore what she called the "insect matter" would not be dealt with in the house.

Modise said she would pass on comments made by MPs to the speaker but could not rule against her colleague.

MPs were debating Zuma's Sona with Modise presiding.

Over the weekend, Mbete called EFF leader, Malema, a cockroach during the African National Congress's North West conference.

MPs would not drop the issue and demanded that Mbete be sanctioned.

Malema has accused Modise of arriving with predetermined answers and said Mbete needed to apologise.

"Please take our concerns and raise them with her."

However, Modise said the debate needed to proceed as the issue had been settled.

"I will convey what the feeling of this house is and convey them to the speaker," said Modise.

Modise furthermore caused a stir when she failed to address EFF members as MPs.

Video: New footage of EFF' removal from Parly.

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