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.
The back and forth over rules of the National Assembly led to the Speaker Thandi Modise temporarily suspending the Sona.
Should the rules of Parliament be amended to prevent interruptions at joint sittings?
Bongani Bingwa chats to UCT public law associate professor Richard Calland.
We have to not lose sight that the EFF although they are nosy, represent 11% of voters from last year's elections. 89% was a clear that they were against the EFF and wanted Ramaphosa to proceed with the Sona. They were upset and embarrassed over what was happening with the EFF.— Richard Calland, Associate professor - UCT Public Law
It was clear that Thandi Modise wanted to avoid violence, hence she suspended the proceedings, he explains.
The EFF succeeded last night and that was a loss for the ANC and Cyril Ramaphosa. It was clear that the EFF was exploiting the rules and it is clear that the rules should be amended.— Richard Calland, Associate professor - UCT Public Law
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.
Listen below to the full conversation: