Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

LAST year, Nkandla loomed large at the president’s state of the nation address. This year, it may be former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) asked when President Jacob Zuma would "pay back the money", disrupting the opening and several other of his appearances in Parliament.

Mr Zuma’s offer this week to pay part of the money has taken the sting out of the slogan.

So next week at the opening of Parliament, the EFF wants Mr Zuma to explain why he fired Mr Nene. If he does not, he will be interrupted again, said EFF leader Julius Malema on Thursday.

He also took aim at Mr Zuma’s close friends, the Gupta family and said the EFF planned a protest march to the Constitutional Court against Mr Zuma. He invited those who participated in the #ZumaMustFall protests and in the #FeesMust Fall campaign to join in.

The Guptas are seen as influencing Mr Zuma’s political and Cabinet choices.

Last year, the EFF was physically hauled out of Parliament for disrupting Mr Zuma’s address after raising a point of order on Nkandla.

Mr Malema was undeterred on Thursday. "It is him, us and the white shirts," he said, referring to the security men who had physically hauled Mr Malema out of the House last year.

But Parliament earlier this week downplayed any threats of disruption, saying it did not expect any trouble and it had not employed additional security personnel.