Parliamentary speaker Speaker Baleka Mbete on Thursday evening spoke over opposition MPs preventing President Jacob Zuma from taking the floor to deliver the State of the Nation address.She told Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Floyd Shivambu to take his seat as he rose to ask for “clarity on the rules that are applicable in this House”.Mbete replied: “Please take your seat”.EFF leader Julius Malema’s attempt to raise a point of order was met with Mbete saying: “Allow me to finish”.“This sitting is meant specifically to afford the president an opportunity to deliver the state of the nation address. No business other than the address by the president is entertained‚” Mbete said.The party however demanded to know the rule on which she was acting.Malema‚ clearly emotional shouted "we are governed by rules not by emotions".Mbete then quoted rule 14G and warned that anyone who did not comply‚ would be asked to withdraw from the chamber.In the gallery‚ white-shirted security sat around ...

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