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>> Hundreds of extra security personnel were deployed in Cape Town Thursday, ahead of president Jacob Zuma's annual State of the Nation speech to Parliament. Zuma's move to authorize more than 400 soldiers to join the security team drawing outrage from his political opponents. They've called it militarization. Zuma's yearly speech to open Parliament has been a chaotic affair since 2014 when the radical left wing Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF, won seats in Parliament.
Since then, EFF lawmakers have heckled the President, chanting and jeering over corruption scandals. The situation got so bad in 2015 that Parliamentary security guard disguised as waiters physical removed EFF members from the chamber. However, this will mark the first year that soldiers will be deployed as security rather than in a ceremonial role.
The EFF group say they are planning to disrupt the speech, and that no amount of security or intimidation will deter their protests.