UDM: President's scandals have split the country

UDM says many South Africans have lost confidence in the judiciary because of court cases against Zuma.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa Parliament during the State of the Nation Debate on 17 February 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says scandals involving President Jacob Zuma have split the country.

Speaking at a joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday where the recent State of the Nation Address (Sona) was debated, Holomisa says many South Africans had lost confidence in state institutions and the judiciary because of court cases against Zuma.

Holomisa says he should step down.

"The scandals associated with our president have replaced the role of this house and divided the nation in the middle. It is no longer about the citizens of this country. The president has presided over the vicious attacks on the institutions of our democracy."

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane didn't hold back as he took aim at Zuma.

"For you honourable president are not an honourable man, you're a broken man presiding over a broken society."

Maimane criticised the president's actions following the expulsion of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF's) Members of Parliament (MPs).

"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."

EFF Parliamentarians were forcibly removed from the National Assembly by plain clothed police officers after insisting Zuma tell the nation when he would pay back money used for non-security upgrades at his Nkandla home.

WATCH: More cellphone footage has emerged showing a new angle on EFF MPs being ejected from this year's State of the Nation Address. Footage courtesy of PowerFM.

EFF leader Julius Malema also addressed the house saying Zuma was responsible for the actions of the security forces in Parliament.

"You shall be known as the president who brought violence and not peace to the workers in Marikana. You will be known as the president who violated the fundamental rights of MPs to hold executive accountable. You will be known as a hooligan who used hooligan tactics to silence the opposition duly elected to represent poor South Africans."

WATCH: Zuma the 'hooligan' president.