The EFF has announced its decision to boycott Thursday’s State of the Nation address by President Cyril Ramaphosa. This follows the Western Cape High Court ruling on Tuesday. The ruling forbids six EFF Members of Parliament, including its president Julius Malema, from participating at the SONA on Thursday

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In a statement issued on Thursday, the party said all EFF Members of Parliament will not participate in the 2024 SONA activities and programme. They also described the programme as undemocratic and unconstitutional and an extended caucus of the ANC.

“The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rejects, with contempt, the Western Cape High Court’s ruling, which unlawfully and undemocratically forbids six EFF Members of Parliament from participating in the 2024 State of the Nation Address (SONA) activities and programme. It is evident, and certainly beyond reasonable doubt, that the courts continue to be part of the Ramaphosa defence mob, whose primary and sole aim is to protect the racist white capitalist establishment. Courts in South Africa have been reduced to being part of the Ramaphosa defence mob because he is a representative and puppet of the white capitalist establishment,” read the statement. 

“The courts have refused to unseal the CR17 benefactors, the majority of whom are part of the white capitalist establishment. While the courts and state institutions such as the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the South African Revenue Services (SARS), and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have refused to effectively hold Ramaphosa accountable for Phala Phala criminal activities which directly implicate Cyril Ramaphosa.”

EFF to boycott the State of the Nation address 
EFF in Parliament

WHY THE EFF HAS DECIDED TO BOYCOTT THE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS 

“The recent ruling by the Western Cape High Court represents a suppression of democracy and constitutional accountability in South Africa. Forbidding Members of Parliament from carrying out their constitutional obligations and duties is undemocratic, and it is abominable that the courts are part of this suppression of democracy. The capture of the judiciary by politicians and narrow political purposes is abominable. At the centre of the deterioration of Zimbabwe’s democracy was, amongst other things, a captured judiciary and we will not allow this to happen in South Africa.

“The judiciary of South Africa is beyond any doubt captured and now part of the mob that will collapse democratic accountability.

Consequently, all EFF Members of Parliament will not participate in the 2024 SONA activities and programme, as these are undemocratic and unconstitutional and the so-called State of the Nation Address in 2024 is an extended caucus of the ANC. Partial participation in the 2024 SONA activities and programme would imply that some of our Members agree with the unlawful, undemocratic, and unconstitutional decisions of Parliament to forbid and banish elected Members of Parliament. We will, therefore, not attend or participate in the ANC’s extended Parliamentary caucus.”