Durban - Former president Jacob Zuma stole KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala’s limelight as EFF and DA protested and walked out of the sitting of the provincial parliament in Pietermaritzburg. They were demanding that he be kicked out of the provincial parliament’s chamber.
The chaos ensued in the house prior to Zikalala delivering his maiden state of the province address on Friday. The two opposition parties were opposed to Zuma being allowed to sit on the chamber next to members of the provincial legislature (MPLs).
This delayed the Sopa by about 30 minutes.
Speaker Nontembeko Boyce rejected EFF and DA’s demand that Zuma be kicked out. The two parties walked out of the house leaving ANC and the IFP, the official opposition in KZN, along with smaller parties to listen to the Sopa.
Before Zikalala spoke, chaos erupted in the house as EFF and DA were vehemently opposing Zuma’s presence in chamber. They said if he wanted to watch Sopa, he should be seated in the gallery with ordinary members of the public.