'Parliament must remain functional and intact'
DA leader Mmusi Maimane says President Zuma must be allowed to deliver his Sona without incident.
CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says President Jacob Zuma must be allowed to deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) next week Thursday, without incident, as the ghost of last year's chaos haunts Parliament.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has fuelled fears there would be a repeat of the drama.
Its leader Julius Malema is quoted as saying Zuma would have to explain why he fired former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene before delivering his speech.
Last year, EFF MPs were forcibly removed from the National Assembly chamber after they demanded to know when Zuma would repay part of the taxpayers' money spent of upgrading his Nkandla home.
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The Nkandla battle is set to play out in the Constitutional Court two days before Zuma speaks.
Addressing the Cape Town Press Club today, Maimane said his caucus would not be party to any disruptions.
"It's important that the president is held accountable to the people, and for that to happen, Parliament must remain functional and intact. It's the best place for us to hold our executives to account."
Last year Parliament tightened its rules to deal with disruptive MPs.