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News24.com | Cope walks out of Parliament

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Cape Town - As President Jacob Zuma began delivering hisState of the Nation address on Thursday evening, he was surprisingly disruptedby Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota.

Lekota arose on a point of

order, and was initially shotdown by Speaker Baleka Mbete, who explained that she had already dealt with"spurious" points of order from the EFF.

"On the basis that I have already explained, I amprevailing on you to take your seat and allow the State of the Nation addressto be delivered," she told him.

Lekota then insisted, and Zuma took his seat.

The Cope leader then said Zuma admitted to the nation inthe Constitutional Court that he had broken his oath of office.

"Zuma broke his oath of office and is no longerhonourable... We can't listen to someone who has broken his oath.

"He is no longer fit to lead our people."

The leader was asked to leave the chamber after hecontinuously refused to sit down.

After initially refusing, he left and was followed by hisMPs.

Mbete then said: "We note all the members of Copehave left the house."

Lekota earlier said he was expecting action in Parliamentduring the SONA.

"Well, I think there is going to be a bit ofdrama," Lekota told News24 as he made his way onto the red carpet outsideParliament before proceedings started.

"I think there is going to be quite a bit of debate[on Zuma's ]... legitimacy to address the House. Surely there will be a lot ofpeople, members, who will not be happy about the fact that he should standthere and try to address us."

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