Parliament once again descended in chaos this evening during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address.
The commotion first began when journalists and Members of Parliament discovered that cellphone signal inside the National Assembly had been jammed.
We shouldn't be dealing with issues as cell phone jammers in a democratic SA. We have a Constitution to be proud of & should uphold it— Katy Katopodis (@KatyKatopodis) February 12, 2015
Maimane threatens to take Parly to court if Mbete intends proceeding with the jamming device activated. Received applause.— Barry Bateman (@barrybateman) February 12, 2015
Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete admitted that the signal had been jammed to control what information was going out of Parliament.
The meeting was adjourned while the issue of the jammed signal was sorted out, while Mbete could not explain who had jammed the signal she promised that they would be sure to investigate the matter.
Soon after the President had started his State of the Nation Address a member of opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, stood up to raise a point of order and on a matter of privilege.
Marking the first time since 1994 that the President's SONA was interrupted.
Once the first member of the EFF had been addressed by Mbete, she addressed one member of the party in frustration which provoked Commander-in-Chief, Julius Malema stood up on a point of order asking Mbete to respect the rights of individual members of Parliament to raise points of order.
#SONA2015 Malema: You must not treat MP's as a group, you must treat us individual members. When will the President pay back the money? SG— Stephen Grootes (@StephenGrootes) February 12, 2015
#SONA2015 Malema: Which rule are you using to deny members to raise a point of order? He's now shouting. Mbete: Julius, Hon Malema, leave. S— Stephen Grootes (@StephenGrootes) February 12, 2015
The video below shows what happened after a fed up Mbete asked Malema and EFF Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu to leave the house:
When the Speaker and National Chair of Provinces, Thandi Modise failed to explain whether or not there had been members of the SAPS inside the National Assembly, Maimane announced that the DA would be walking out.
Soon after the EFF had been escourted out of Parliament, Malema addressed the media in a Press Conference outside:
Rest assured ... we are continuing participating in this Parliament until the executive takes this Parliament seriously. We are not going to stop to demand answers from #1 tsotsi everywhere else we meet #1 tsotsi we will ask him questions whether they beat us or not.— EFF Commander-in-Chief, Julius Malema
This article first appeared on 702 : #SONA2015: How things fell apart