WC Sopa: ANC interrupts Helen Zille's address

The ANC’s chief whip made a point of order moments before Zille was to speak.

The Western Cape Legislature ahead of Premier Helen Zille's State of Province Address on 20 February 2015. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) interrupted Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's State of the Province Address (Sopa) this morning.

The party's chief whip made a point of order just moments before the premier was to deliver her eighth address since the Democratic Alliance (DA) was elected into power following the 2009 general elections.

On at least three occasions ANC MPs were accused by the speaker of disrupting proceedings.

The ANC's Pierre Uys says, "Did I hear correctly that the premier is saying the reason why only five percent of black procurement in road infrastructure is because black contractors are not able to build proper roads?"

Uys was requesting a ruling on a statement made in the house last year.

It's understood the matter was to be referred to a judge president for review but it was then decided to refer it to the Legislature's rules committee.

Various other points of order were also raised by the ANC.

Zille was expected to focus on pressing issues, like service delivery and housing in her Sopa today.

Meanwhile, the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance wants the Western Cape premier to focus specifically on crime and the needs of the poor.