South Africa: Opposition party to boycott president’s speech to Parliament ahead of elections

Source: ABC News

“South Africa’s third-largest political party said it will boycott President Cyril Ramaphosa’s annual speech to Parliament on Thursday because its fiery leader and five other top party officials have had their lawmaker status suspended for disrupting last year’s event when they rushed the stage where Ramaphosa was standing. The Economic Freedom Fighters said none of its more than 40 lawmakers would attend Thursday’s speech after leader Julius Malema, deputy leader Floyd Shivambu and four other senior officials were barred from the legislature until the end of the month. The announcement raises the stakes ahead of national elections later this year, when Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress is facing the possibility of losing its parliamentary majority for the first time since coming to power at the end of the apartheid system of racial segregation in 1994.” (02/08/24)