EFF being taken out of the Parliament during the State of the Nation (SONA)

EFF members being taken out of Parliament


EFF thrown out for disrupting Sona, DA walks out.

The disruption of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in parliament demanding the President Jacob Zuma to pay back the money of the state, he used for the construction of his home in Nkandla, they interrupted him while he was about to give out a speech of the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The journalist intended to show how democracy has been violated by the removal of the EFF members of parliament (mp) and how the incident caused chaos; to such an extent that Democratic Alliance (DA) in support of EFF walked out of parliament and protested against the presence of the armed Police officers. The EFF were removed from the parliament on the orders of National Speaker Baleka Mbete.

The edition expresses sad feelings of the journalist and feeling sorry for EFF, such feelings are seen by the use of quotes from Congress of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota, when he left the chambers saying, “This is not the democracy we fought for.” To further, add to that United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa was quoted saying. “This is a police state.”

The tone of the presentation of the story is smooth, this is seen through the choice of words such as ‘removal’ not dragged. Unlike other online editions have used.

The style used is persuasive because the journalist makes the audience believe that democracy is limited in South Africa; that is witnessed more when the journalist mentions the presence of the police in the parliament.

The emotion aroused in the reader is that of feeling pity for Malema and the entire EFF party and disliking the speaker of parliament for ordering their removal from the chambers of the National Assembly. The feelings of the audience are provoked to the limit, when Malema is quoted saying, “This is a direct threat to democracy. Police are used to settle political differences. We are not going to stop demanding answers, whether they beat us up or not.”

The image we as the public get is that the place was full of chaos, especially when EFF members were removed from parliament and other parties deciding to leave, on account of the expulsion of the EFF.

Mail and Guardian portrays EFF members to be unjustly treated, especially when South Africa is a free and democratic state. COPE leader even questioned the parliament about the incident. Before leaving the chambers, he questioned the ANC whether is that the democracy they fought for. The edition supports the idea of EFF of demanding ‘when will the money be paid back’. In general the paper shows that it was appropriate for EFF to demand answers and resents the idea of their expulsion.


Fist fights break out in parliament.

The action of dragging out the EFF members from the National Assembly during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Jacob Zuma, after they (EFF) demanded the president to pay back the money used to build his residence in Nkandla.

The intention is to show how the EFF misbehaved, as a result were dragged out of the parliament during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Jacob Zuma. The journalist further exposes his/her intention by portraying that EFF members were badly disrupting the President, the intention is supported by the use of quote from National Council of Provinces Chairwoman Thandi Modise declaring that the presiding officers had a right to call in security, “We indeed repeatedly called members during a joint sitting to heed the call to take a seat”. To further reveal the inappropriateness of EFF behaviour, the edition shows that some of the protection officers shirts were ‘ripped off’ and they stood bare-chested as a result of the disruption. According to the edition the shirt tearing happened when police and protection officers were taking the ‘rowdy’ EFFs out of Parliament.

The publication portrays feelings of excitement, when EFF mps were taken out for their inappropriate behaviour, because they had interrupted the President. The edition shows the feeling by adhering to the statement made by Thandi Modise, where she pointed out that all avenues were exhausted as a result they had to call in security.

The journalist uses a rough tone; that is witnessed when she uses words like ‘rowdy EFF mps’ and also showing that the protection officers shirts were ‘ripped off’ and they stood bare-chested as a result of the disruption.

In this edition the style used is informal. The journalist used words such as dragged not removed, rowdy to express the behaviour of the EFF members and ripped off.

The publication makes the audience to really hate EFF, because they are portrayed as lunatics due to the word rowdy, as a result they had to be dragged out of the parliament, especially when all avenues were exhausted and the police and the protection officers had to take centre stage to dissolve the disruption caused by them. The audience are made to believe that the political party behaviour was inappropriate because their disruption caused officers shirts to be ripped off and stand bare-chested.

The image developed by the reader is that the political party disorderly behaviour caused chaos, for that it was good that they were taken out to stop the disruption.

The citizen shows that EFF members were unruly and they deserved what was right for them and they are to be blamed for the disruption at all cost. The paper show that the parliament had to take all measures to make sure the parliament was in an orderly manner, to further show the motive of the paper and convince the audience the journalist quoted saying, “We are empowered to ask for security, whichever security to act. I think we should allow this house to do its business.” To fuel matters the paper shows that when EFF mp Floyd Shivambu confronted a few officers a fight broke out; that is to show that if not of the confrontation there would have been no fight.


South Africa parliament descents into chaos as Zuma gets hostile reception

The removal of the opposition lawmakers the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by force from the parliament after interrupted the President when he gave out State of the Nation Address (SONA) in the 8th parliament.

The intention of the journalist is to show how the president received an intimidating welcome from the opposition (EFF) of which are the minor party because the journalist addresses them as lawmakers from the ‘farleft’. The idea of the farleft shows that they are the minor party.

The journalist feels sorry for Jacob Zuma, he/she shows by the use of words such as ‘hostile reception’. Showing that the welcome the president was given wasn’t appropriate for a man of his status. The journalist to further show his sympathy for the president, shows that the president had barely begun speaking when EFF members began interrupting.

The tone used in this edition is a smooth tone. The journalist instead of pointing out that, EFF members commenced the disruption, he/she addresses them as opposition lawmakers and farleft party not calling them a minor opposition party as others would have done. Further, the journalist points out that, there were people who were injured and not being specific, so in that case he/she is trying to be neutral and not reveal straight who were the victims.


The style is moderate to persuasive, this is shown by the formality of the journalist; in his/her address to the EFF calling them the opposition lawmakers. The journalist further shows his/her formality when he/she declares that the speaker ordered their removal, unlike if they had been grabbed and thrown out. However, the journalist persuaded the audience to let loose their pity for Malema, because he/she declares him as a ‘firebrand’ former ANC youth leader.


The reader is made to feel that Jacob Zuma did not deserve disruption, as a result the audience is forced to sympathize with him and dislike Malema actions. The reader is also forced to be relieved after the EFF members were taken out, because the edition emphasizes that ‘Zuma then delivered his speech to claps and cheers of support.’


Image developed by the reader is that Malema and his allies are obstinate and disrespectful because they interrupt the president by giving him a hostile reception in parliament especially when he was about to give the annual address of the progression of the A.N.C and the country at large, and its plans for the year ahead.

The paper presents the story in a balanced way, even though they portrayed the inappropriateness of Malema’s behaviour. They took his views into attention when he said, “we have seen that we are part of the police state.” Also, the views of the opposition leaders who later went out of parliament, the Democratic Alliance (DA), when DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said Mbete’s decision to call for security officers undermined democracy in South Africa.


About moratehimashinini

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology alumnae, studied Journalism.
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