In fact, Julius Malema even offered Cope the remaining eight minutes of his Parliamentary address to talk more about this claim.
The EFF has argued that this was a reflex response after hearing of a plot to assassinate party leader Julius Malema.
Members of parliament who debated the Sona included EFF President Julius Malema, Cope leader Mosioua Lekota and DA MP GG Hill-Lewis.
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Ramaphosa, the founding general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and scourge of mining bosses, anointed by Mandela as the ANC's lead negotiator during the transition and the midwife of the final Constitution, found it necessary to tell Mosioua Lekota and Julius Malema that he was not "a sell-out".
In his response to the SONA debate, President Cyril Ramaphosa sought to deal with COPE leader, Terror Lekota and EFF leader, Julius Malema first before getting to crux of the occasion.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) February 13, 2019 SONA debate continues on Thursday Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and the EFF leadership will all be in attendance for the third and final day of the SONA Debate on Thursday afternoon.
“Our plan will make sure that we have a small and efficient government where everyone who is implicated in wrongdoing cannot serve in Cabinet or any legislature or in any Parliament, Mr President.” EFF leader Julius Malema also criticised the Cabinet.
EFF leader Julius Malema wrote to Ramaphosa asking him to "allow the chief justice to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate these allegations in order to clear the matter once and for all".
When Modise asked him to start wrapping up, EFF leader Julius Malema stood up and asked if eight of the minutes allocated to the EFF to speak in the House could be transferred to Lekota.