Malema: Zuma has plunged the economy into crisis

EFF leader Julius Malema says the president has breached his oath of office.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the media on proceedings at Sona 2016 outside of the National Assembly. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) have avoided a repeat of last year's State of the Nation Address (Sona) chaos by opting to walk out of the chamber instead of being forcibly removed.

EFF MPs raised numerous points of order during the president's speech last night, before the presiding officers ordered them out of the chamber.

They left before security were called in.

Members of the Congress of the People (Cope) also staged a walkout on the night.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota refused to listen to President Jacob Zuma's speech and walked out early on in the evening.

"I will not sit and listen to somebody who has broken his oath of office. I have not broken my oath of office."

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The EFF lived up to its promise of disrupting the president, by standing on one point of order after the other, testing the rules and the presiding officers' patience.

When ordered to leave, they walked out chanting 'Zuptas Must Fall'.

"So, he will address that African National Congress (ANC) caucus with their friends, the Democratic Alliance (DA). We are not part of that mess. We had to go inside and demonstrate to him that to us, he doesn't exist."

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Malema says Zuma's plunged the economy into crisis and has breached his oath of office.

Zuma is in for a tough time whenever he addresses Parliament again.

That's the warning from Malema, who has vowed to push for Zuma's impeachment.

Malema had this message for the president:

"Every time Zuma appears in Parliament, we are going to tell him, you are not credible, you are not legitimate."

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But other opposition MPs who stayed behind say it was important to hear what the president had to say.

African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Steve Swart says, "One also needs to respect the State of the Nation Address and the office of the Presidency. It doesn't mean we agree with everything the president has done."

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he doesn't want to get caught up in theatrics.

Opposition parties will get a chance to respond to the president's speech when it's debated in the National Assembly next week.