The EFF desisted from its promise to disrupt the state of the nation address but could not resist making trouble afterwards. The red berets say their leader, Julius Malema, was prevented by security guards from using an exit other parties were allowed to use.
A scuffle ensued. An EFF MP slapped a policeman of the presidential protection service. A female officer says Malema assaulted her.
The EFF justifies this unbecoming behaviour by claiming, implausibly, that there’s a plot by white guards to assassinate Malema.