President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed disappointment about the delays caused by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday evening.
The SONA began almost an hour and a half late following repeated points of order – mainly by the EFF.
Speaking at the Presidential Golf Challenge at Melkbosstrand in Cape Town on Friday, the President says South Africans should have been presented with the speech on time.
The EFF called for former President FW de Klerk to leave the chamber following an interview last week where he said ‘Apartheid was not a crime against humanity’ and demanding that Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, be fired.
“It was a delay that was not only imposed on the parliamentarians but the people of South Africa; the people of South Africa in their homes and wherever they were waiting to hear the State of the Nation. So, it was most unfortunate, as far as I am concerned, that we, as parliamentarians, displayed such disregard.”