EFF leaders object as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa attempts to deliver his state of the nation address [Sumaya Hisham/AFP]

South Africa‘s far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) legislators have protested inside Parliament, forcing President Cyril Ramaphosa to abandon his annual state of the nation address for a while.

Speaker Thandi Modise on Thursday temporarily suspended proceedings, telling the EFF leaders: “When you think you have unlimited freedom of speech to infringe on the rights of others, that is a disruption.”


The EFF demanded FW De Klerk, South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, be ejected from Parliament, accusing him of being “unrepentant”.

“We have a murderer in the house, we have a man who has got the blood of innocent people [on his hands]

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