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Fri Aug 26 14:04:14 SAST 2016

Robben Islander told to leave #SONA2016 as he tells Zuma ‘you are no longer honourable’

TMG Digital | 11 February, 2016 19:42
President Jacob Zuma stands for the National Anthem during the State of the Nation at parliament, Cape Town.
Image by: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota‚ a former Robben Island prisoner who had earned respect as leader of the United Democratic Front during the 1980s‚ was ordered out of Parliament.

Lekota rose on a point of order soon after President Jacob Zuma had begun his State of the Nation address‚ after Speaker Baleka Mbete close down EFF attempts to interrupt the annual speech.

“Honourable Lekota‚ I appeal to you to take your seat‚” said Mbete.

Lekota insisted on going ahead and raised his point which is that Zuma has broken his oath of office over Nkandla‚ as evidenced by the Constitutional Court hearing.

"He is no longer honourable‚" Lekota said of Zuma.

“We cannot listen to someone like this‚” he said.

She ordered Lekota to leave the chamber. And amid shouting from the opposition benches‚ Mbete confirmed: "The members of Cope have left the house".

Zuma then resumed his speech. But this was soon interrupted again by the EFF MP Godrich Gardee.

"Sit down Mr Zupta"‚ he said to the president.

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