BREAKING | South Africa State of the Nation Address in chaos

Punches have been thrown in South Africa’s parliament as radical MPs tried to disrupt the State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma.

Members of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF), all dressed in red, scuffled with security guards who ejected them from the chamber.

On Thursday, there were raised voices and chaotic scenes as Speaker Baleka Mbete tried to deal with repeated interruptions and procedural questions from MPs at the parliament in Cape Town.

Members of another opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, then walked out.

There were reports of heavy troops deployment throughout Cape Town ahead of the address.

Julius Malema was reported to have said: “Sitting here is a man, an incorrigible man, rotten to the core”

Zuma’s speech began 80 minuted behind schedule.

ANC MPs were heard shouting “fuck you” and “racists get out”.

 

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