#SONA2015: Julius Malema reveals his intentions

Julius Malema on John Robbie's show gave a detailed explanation of what the EFF is envisaging happening in parliament today as:

If the president announces that he is going to deal with questions he has received before he starts with his speech then we are home and dry. But if he shoots straight into the State of the Nation Address, we are going to call order and ask the speaker to allow us to pose questions to the president

He continued to say that if the speaker - Baleka Mbete rejects their request; they will continue asking the president when he is going to pay back the money used for upgrades at his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

The speaker will be undermining the constitutional rights of members of Parliament

Malema says that members of parliament have the right to hold the executives accountable and the president has avoided being accountable to Parliament.

The EFF decission remains strong and they insist on asking questions and Malema says “the president will have to answer”

Answering the question whether the EFF’s actions will descend into chaos, Malema said:

It can’t descend into chaos, it is Parliament and we have to be robust, we have to persuade each other. You cannot be ruled out and immediately you chicken out. The best thing is to insist in a polite manner

According to Malema the President has never shown respect to the convention of answering questions in Parliament and he has set precedence that people can just undermine the convention.

Pastor Ray MacClauley this week revealed that he has been in talks with Julius Malema and the ANC leadership trying to get them to sign the peace accord ahead of Sona but Malema says that the ANC leadership have declined to sign. This happened after the speaker made a commitment to drop the charges against the EFF to allow the State of the Nation address to carry on without disruptions.

Malema also refused to comment on the open letter written by Gayton McKenzie saying “I do not want to engage with him at that level, those who are at his level will respond to every detail contained in the letter".


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