LIVE BLOG: State of the nation address 2015

2015-02-12 16:27

President Jacob Zuma was interrupted when he started to deliver the state of the nation address in the National Assembly in Cape Town tonight.

The EFF had threatened to disrupt Zuma's speech by asking him to indicate when he'd pay back the money used for upgrades at his Nkandla residence.

But, Parliament said all was in order as rules would be applied to ensure that all went according to plan.

As soon as the president began delivering his speech, the EFF rose on a point of privilege and asked the thorny question: "When is President Jacob Zuma going to pay back the money?"

Speaker Baleka Mbete disallowed several follow-up questions and the proceedings eventually descended into chaos. EFF MPs were forced out of the House after they refused to take orders from Mbete. This was followed by a walkout of DA MPs.

Zuma eventually resumed giving his speech to a mainly ANC audience. Meanwhile, the EFF held an improptu press conference outside the National Assembly. State of the Nation Address: Joint Sitting, 12 February 2015

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