Mbete rules EFF, ANCYL Sona comments ‘out of order’
The ANCYL says disruptors should prepare for ‘civil war’, while the EFF wants answers over Nene’s sacking.
CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has rapped both the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) over the knuckles for making threats around President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address(Sona).
EFF Leader Julius Malema has warned that if Zuma wants his speech to run smoothly, he must first explain why he fired Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, a decision that sent the rand into a tailspin.
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Meanwhile, ANCYL President Collen Maine told a league rally in Soshanguve on Sunday that those seeking to disrupt Sona should prepare themselves for a civil war.
Zuma is set to deliver his speech on Thursday evening amid tight security inside Parliament and out, with a number of groups having been granted permission to march on the day.
Mbete's ruled both the EFF and the ANCYL out of order.
"To first of all be provocative and be irresponsible by publicly saying you're planning to disrupt the State of the Nation Address is something that cannot be referred to as responsible and welcome. To then say there's going to be a civil war is totally out of order and I believe the ANC has said as much after this incident involving the youth league leader."
Mbete says parliament's focus will be on what happens inside the chamber on Thursday and not outside, where a number of marches are planned.
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