Parly responds to EFF's SONA threats, 'conspiracy theories'

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Parliament has described open threats of violence or the propagation of “conspiracy theories” as distractions, as the EFF claims the institution intends using police officers to prevent disruptions during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday… On Tuesday, the EFF claimed in a statement it had learnt that Parliament’s security team was planning to “smuggle” police officers disguised as protection officers into the House, and was holding secret meetings in that regard.

The EFF made this claim after party leader Julius Malema said on Sunday that the party would disrupt Ramaphosa’s SONA if Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan was not fired by then. The party claimed on Tuesday that police officers dressed in white and black, which it previously referred to as the “white shirts”, will be brought in.

This would be contrary to the rule that only the Serjeant-at-arms or Parliamentary Protection Services can remove a member from Parliamentary precincts.

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