Mercoledì, 10 Febbraio 2016 18:12 | Nothing will stop Zuma from delivering SONA: Mbalula

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Cape Town - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursdaysaid he was not fazed by the protest action happening outside Parliament aheadof the State of the Nation address (SONA).

Mbalula said the protesters

were exercising theirdemocratic right but should understand that there are parameters toeverything.

"For anything that will happen which is out ofbounds, this Parliament is capable of dealing with that," he said.

He said that come what may, Zuma would finish hisaddress.

"Nothing will stop President Zuma from finishing anddelivering his speech here today. That I know for sure," Mbalulasaid.

Last year's SONA was marred by disruptions by EFF memberswho demanded answers on when he would pay back state funds which were usedtowards the upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

The EFF members were physically removed from the Housewhile DA MP's staged a walk out.

Meanwhile, National Freedom Party MP, Ahmed Shaik-Emamsaid if anything, he wished that Zuma would give them answers surrounding theremoval of Nhlanhla Nene from his minister of finance position.

Shaik-Emam said he was expecting Zuma to "have anace up his sleeve."

News24 asked African Christian Democratic Party leaderKenneth Meshoe what he expected to hear during the president's speech.

"Fireworks. Fireworks as usual," he said.

Asked whether he was ready to handle those fireworksMeshoe jokingly replied: "Yes we are. We have all the extinguishershere... and the firepool," he said.

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