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Mbete: Removal of EFF MPs during #Sona2017 under investigation

Speaker Baleka Mbete says an investigation is also underway into various issues such as the presence of SANDF troops during Sona.

file: Security officials remove EFF members from the National Assembly after they disrupted President Zuma’s 2017 State of the Nation Address. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says that the circumstances around the removal of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) from the National Assembly have been referred to Parliament’s joint rules committee.

MPs are currently debating President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (Sona).

WATCH: EFF ejected from Parliament. Here's what led up to the drama

Mbete says an investigation is also underway into various issues such as the presence of the military during the sitting.

“Regarding the presence of armed members of the SANDF on the precinct, we wish to indicate that presiding officers have written to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans seeking clarity on the matter.”

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has criticised those who disrupted last week’s Sona.

“Parliament is an institution established with the core values of accountability, team work, professionalism, integrity and as members we must always uphold those noble values.”

Mbete has also revealed test results of a substance dropped in the public gallery during the opening of Parliament are still outstanding.

WATCH: The President chuckles as EFF MPs are thrown out of Parliament