Will EFF conflict overshadow SONA?

The chaos that erupted at an EFF faction media briefing in Cape Town on Thursday afternoon is an indication of a political temperature that has reached boiling point, according to political analyst Andre Duvenhage.


He said the current situation must be concerning to President Jacob Zuma, who is expected to address the nation on Wednesday evening during the State of the Nation Address (Sona).

“The profile of Zuma in the last six months has not been of a person with a strong self-esteem, but rather of somebody who has been escaping his duties in the National Assembly.”

“Tonight (Thursday) will indeed be a big test for Zuma, and if given an opportunity, the EFF will definitely make a move, and turn Parliament into a circus,” Duvenhage added.

Earlier in the day, EFF members got into a scuffle after EFF MP Andile Mngxitama called a press conference against the wishes of EFF members loyal to Malema. This comes a few days after Gayton McKenzie called Malema a “thug” and “commander-in-thief” in an open letter to the EFF leader.