South African president's address disrupted by far-left EFF leaders

The start of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2020 State of the Nation Address was disrupted on Thursday (February 13) by members of the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The party led by Julius Male had warned that they would disrupt the State of the Nation Address if President Ramaphosa did not fire Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan. They also objected to the presence of former president FW De Klerk, the last apartheid state president.

House Speaker Thandi Modise was forced to temporarily suspended the proceedings.