State of the Nation 2016 build-up - as it happened

2016-02-11 15:00

Cape Town was the centre of attention on Thursday as multiple protests took place in the city ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address at Parliament.

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11 Feb 15:11

News24 will be closing this Live Update, and moving over to a new SONA 2016 build up Live Update.

Scroll down for how the day played out ahead of SONA 2016.


11 Feb 15:02

News24's Thulani Gqirana, who is at Parliament to cover the State of the Nation address, says she can hear the protesters coming.

Police have initiated a lockdown, she says.


11 Feb 15:00

Meanwhile, South African consumers are addicted to debt, a direct result from poor education, says debt expert Ian Wason.

He wants SONA to focus on unemployment, education and over-indebtedness as the foundation to increasing South Africa's economic prospects.


11 Feb 14:57
Buitenkant Street has been cordoned off by traffic cops as a results.

11 Feb 14:57
Protesters head toward Parliament from the Keizersgracht in the east.

11 Feb 14:48
Protesters ask for their photo to be taken! "Zille must fall!" they echo.

11 Feb 14:30

Back in Keizersgracht...

"Zille must ask other animals for votes, not us who the white people call monkeys," one Ses'khona protester says.


11 Feb 14:27
"That germ from Germany, Helen Zille, must go..." spokesperson Sulyman Stellenboom has said at a Ses'khona People's Rights Movement gathering in Keizergracht Street in Cape Town on Thursday.

11 Feb 14:21
Christelle Scheepers, organiser of the Zuma Must Fall march in Cape Town.

11 Feb 14:09
"F*** white people," says a protester.

11 Feb 14:07
Not a big turnout for the "Zuma Must Fall" march.

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Police and Ses'Khona members square up.

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11 Feb 13:56
A scuffle near breaks out between Rhodes Must Fall protesters and Ses'khona Peoples Movement Protesters.

11 Feb 13:54
More from Keizersgracht.

11 Feb 13:53

Back in Keizersgracht, a scuffle has broken out between #RhodesMustFall protesters and Ses'khona protesters, reports News24's Tammy Petersen.

Students, accused of being PAC members, nearly came to blows with the hundreds of Ses'khona protesters.


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Back up in Kaizergracht in Cape Town...

11 Feb 13:38
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says it would be cowardice if the ANC and the National Assembly respond with violence to their plan to raise a point of order during Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address.

11 Feb 13:35
"Zuma Must Fall" protesters start marching in Cape Town.

11 Feb 13:35
"Zuma Must Fall" protesters start marching in Cape Town.

11 Feb 13:32
More "Zuma Must Fall" supporters at Green Market Square in Cape Town.

11 Feb 13:29

In Kaizergracht, east of Green Market Square, fire engines and a water tanker have appeared near Cambridge Street, Zonnebloem, the Cape Town Fire Services say.

Make allowances for time and traffic on your way home, if you reside in Cape Town.


11 Feb 13:27
At another protest in Cape Town, people have gathered under the "Zuma Must Fall" banner in Green Market Square.

11 Feb 12:55
EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has said President Jacob Zuma must resign after he “lost the state of his head” when he broke the Constitution by defying Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

11 Feb 12:54

11 Feb 12:48
Back at Kaizergracht.

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11 Feb 12:38
A chat between an ANC member and a police officer, described as "friendly" by News24's Tammy Petersen.

11 Feb 12:38
Lots of police at Keizersgracht, says News24's Tammy Petersen.

11 Feb 12:38
News24's Tammy Petersen is at Keizersgracht in Cape Town where around 400 ANC Ses'khona People Rights Movement members are gathered in protest against the DA.

11 Feb 12:33

11 Feb 12:32
Meanwhile at an ANC gathering in the Cape Town CBD, a DA shirt has been burnt.

11 Feb 12:31
Did Zuma keep his word? Tracking past State of the Nation address promises.

11 Feb 12:10
Barbed wire in Adderley Street, Cape Town.

11 Feb 12:00
Elsewhere in Cape Town...

11 Feb 11:49

The EFF also claims more 'white-shirt' police have been brought in from Johannesburg to patrol inside and outside the Parliamentary precinct.

According to the Constitution, it is illegal for armed members of the police force to be present in the Parliamentary chamber.


11 Feb 11:44
EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi tweeted earlier today that there is no rule stopping the party from interrupting President Jacob Zuma on a point of order during his State of the Nation address.

11 Feb 11:38
More tweets from the DA's Mmusi Maimane earlier today.

11 Feb 11:14

Ordinary South Africans around the country are getting ready to be glued to their TVs tonight in arguably the most anticipated SONA in years.

#SONA2016 is currently trending at number 1 on Twitter. Check out the hashtag to see what citizens are saying about this year's address.

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