#Sona2016: Mbete to use any available measures to prevent chaos
The National Assembly speaker is hoping there’ll be no repeat of last year’s chaos.
CAPE TOWN - National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete says she's prepared to use any of the measures available to her against any attempts to derail President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona) next week.
Mbete spoke to Eyewitness News as preparations for the event got underway in earnest amid threats from Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) leader Julius Malema that the red berets would again attempt to disrupt proceedings.
WATCH: Mbete's interview with EWN:
Zuma is set to deliver his address on Thursday evening.
Last year, all the EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) were forcibly removed from the chamber after demanding that Zuma pay back the money the Public Protector said he owes on his Nkandla home.
Mbete is hoping there'll be no repeat of last year's chaos.
"Hopefully there won't be any need to even worry about having to be tough, but the point is, should the need arise, every measure is at our disposal & there for us to utilise and we will not hesitate to utilise it at the right moment."
Security will be tight as usual.
To cut costs, Parliament won't be hosting its annual dinner afterwards for MPs, guests and dignitaries.
"This year we're not having a dinner. Everybody will have to go and find their own food."
Zuma is expected to give more details about state spending cuts when he delivers his address next week.
LISTEN: Malema outlines Sona 2016 plans.