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Cape Town - After the EFF disrupted last year's State of theNation Address, and then promised to disrupt it again this year, there wasbound to be drama in the National Assembly on

Thursday evening.

Here are 10 memorable moments from this year's speech:

1) The Public Protector's "power"

While the red carpet was filled with eye-popping, andshape-hugging outfits, it was Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's yellow dressthat stole the spotlight.

When asked by a journalist if her sunny choice of colour wassymbolic for friendship, she replied: "It is the colour of victory".

Earlier, Madonsela tweeted her thanks to fashion designerGert Johan Coetzee for the gown, adding: “Hope I do justice to it today”.

On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court heard the EFF, DA, andMadonsela's case to clarify the nature and extent of the Chapter 9institution’s powers to take remedial action, and to compel President JacobZuma to repay some of the R246 million spent on upgrading his Nkandlahomestead.

They argued that Zuma had failed to comply with Madonsela’sfindings that he unduly benefited from the upgrades, some of which did notrelate to security.

Judgment was reserved in the case.

2) The EFF opens Parliament

Before Zuma stood up to talk, Economic Freedom Fighters MPFloyd Shivambu raised a point of order.

Shivambu said he was seeking clarity on the rules of theHouse. Speaker Baleka Mbete replied that she would "not like to giveattention" to the matter at present.

When Mbete attempted to continue with proceedings, EFFleader Julius Malema told her he wanted to deal with questions to the presidentbefore his speech.

"I don't want to stand up while the president isthere," said Malema.

Mbete said the only business of the day was Zuma's speechand Malema shouted: "Allow us to speak."

3) My internationalaward winning speaker of non-violence

During one of the disruptions, EFF spokesperson MbuyiseniNdlozi addressed Mbete as: "My international award winning speaker ofnon-violence".

Other MPs laughed. When Malema stood up to address Mbete, hetold her: "You are winning awards now. Carry on like that. This kind ofbehaviour will stop you from winning more awards."

In January, Mbete received the Martin Luther King LegacyAward for International Service.

4) Zupta must fall

Following more disruptions by the EFF, Malema accused Zumaof stealing.

"We do not recognise him as our president. He is notour president," said Malema, before starting to chant "Zupta mustfall."

All the EFF MPs then stood up and joined Malema in chanting.As they left the chamber, one EFF MP shouted, "When we come back nexttime, you will not be our president."

"Zupta" is a reference to Zuma's relationship withthe influential Gupta family.

5) The biggest surprise... is Cope

As Zuma began his speech, it was surprisingly aninterjection by Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota that brought proceedings to a halt.

He said Zuma had admitted in the Constitutional Court thathe 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."

He and the other Cope MPs left the House.

6) What disruptions?

As soon as the disruptions were over, Zumacharacteristically carried on with his speech as though nothing had happened.

7) The "real" State of the Nation?

After the EFF members left the National Assembly, Malemagave what he called the "real" State of the Nation Address to themedia outside.

"So this is a man who has not put the interests ofSouth Africa first. This is a man who has not protected the Constitution. Thisis a man who has said the ANC comes first, not the country.

"But we had to go inside and say that, to us, he doesn'texist and we will never respect him. This man who is speaking here is the samewho has said that he has breached the oath of office," Malema said,pointing to Zuma on the screen in the parliamentary precinct.

8) Which finance minister?

As Zuma mentioned the finance minister in his address,several Democratic Alliance MP's shouted "which one?"

This was in reference to Zuma's axing of Nhlanhla Nene asfinance minister in December last year, and replacing him with relativelyunknown ANC member and former Merafong mayor Des van Rooyen.

Following public outrage and the rand falling to new lowsagainst the dollar, Zuma replaced Van Rooyen with former finance ministerPravin Gordhan several days later.

9) Did you tell Dudu?

As Zuma mentioned state-owned enterprises in his address,and turned his attention to South African Airways, an opposition MP shouted:"Did you tell Dudu?"

The name of SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni, who is alsothe chair of Jacob Zuma Foundation, was brought up several times followingNene's axing. There had been speculation that his decision to turn down an SAAboard proposal to restructure a re-fleeting agreement with Airbus was thereason he was dismissed.

10) Zuma's resignation?

As Zuma was about to mention several points on what could bedone to rescue the economy, several DA MPs shouted: "Yourresignation".

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