The members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have been kicked out of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature for purposely attempting to interrupt the State of the Province Address (SOPA). The Mpumalanga SOPA was delivered by the Premier of the province David Mabuza on Friday.
The EFF members who attempted to disrupt the order in the house was asked to leave the chamber by the Speaker of the House so as to allow the Premier continue with the Mpumalanga SOPA.
Premier Mabuza is expected to focus on ways of enhancing economic development in the province while delivering the Mpumalanga SOPA.
The EFF said answers are needed from Mabuza for the times he has not been in legislature since he took ill at the beginning of September last year. The legislature was in recess until he returned.
The Provincial leader of the party, Mr. Collen Sedibe, said despite being asked to leave the Mpumalanga SOPA, the EFF will march back to the legislature to hand over a memorandum of demands about land claims not being processed, land claimants who are not allowed to occupy restored land and alleged corruption that has engulfed the Regional Land Claims Commission.
Meanwhile, after countless efforts to calm down the EFF Members of the Parliaments who rose in unison to disrupt Premier David Makhura’s State of the Province address in Gauteng by shouting “Gupta Must Fall” speaker Ntombi Mekgwe asked them to leave the house.
EFF Gauteng leader Mandisa Mashego told journalists that they interrupted proceedings to bring attention to police violence.
“We have been through this violence before.
“In 2014, we were evicted by security soon after we joined the legislature. We wanted to raise these issues to the premier. At the University of Pretoria as he speaks, students are being treated violently by police. Last year at University of Johannesburg we saw excessive violence against students,” he said.
Still on SOPA, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is expected to outline the plans his government has for the province as he delivers the third State of the Province Address for the fifth administration in Matlosana Auditorium in Klerksdorp on Friday.
Mahumapelo’s SOPA comes at the time when the province is experiencing serious financial crisis within the three major departments: Education, Health and Public Works put under administration.