'Murderer in house': South African president's address disrupted

  • 'Murderer in house': South African president's address disrupted

'Murderer in house': South African president's address disrupted

True to its word, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) stalled proceedings of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) by demanding that former deputy president FW de Klerk leave the chambers and for President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Public Enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan. Malema says he has blood on his hands.

"De Klerk is an unrepentant apologist of apartheid, who is not willing to accept that apartheid was a crime against humanity".

It is tradition for former presidents to attend the annual address given by a sitting president.

"I, therefore, suggest we please request de Klerk to leave this house". It's an insult for him to sit in a democratic parliament, " Malema said during live televised proceedings from parliament in Cape Town.

There shouldn't be a situation where the point of orders are made by a party so that they can abuse the proceedings, he adds.

De Klerk served as president from 1989-1994, bringing the apartheid system of racial segregation to an end after negotiating a transition to majority rule.

After almost an hour of disruption, the National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise temporarily suspended proceedings, telling the EFF "when you think you have unlimited freedom of speech to infringe on the rights of others, that is a disruption".

"We also agree we must relook at the joint rules because they make it hard to take members out of the house", Modise said in response to the MP's comments. Opposition members of parliament from other political parties and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) strongly condemned the behavior of the EFF, saying they were depriving millions of South Africans from listening to the president's important annual speech, which outlines his leadership plan.

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