The Citizen reported on Thursday that Sona began with President Cyril Ramaphosa telling a joke about bumping into Julius Malema, who is seen laughing at the joke and smiling.
This was an indication that the EFF would not be disrupting the address. They had said they would still be deliberating on whether or not to do so hours before the speech began.
After the speech, it was reported that they decided to leave the speech in peace because Ramaphosa played ball when it came to demands that he be held accountable for a R500,000 donation Bosasa made to his party election campaign. “The president went to the public protector and if that was not enough, the president also released his submission to the public protector,” Malema said.
The speech almost went the way of ones Zuma had delivered during the last few years of his presidency, though, when EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu stood up to complain that Ramaphosa was “plagiarising” ideas from the EFF. READ MORE: Cyril coming clean on Bosasa led to peaceful Sona – Malema He said he was just “concerned” about plagiarism but, before things got too out of hand, appeared to remember the decision the party had made not to interrupt the address and said he would confront the matter at a later stage, after which proceedings returned to normal.
Speaking to eNCA after the speech, Malema explained what Shivambu was complaining about when he brought up plagiarism.