As it happened: MPs on the red carpet while military, EFF and protesters arrive in the Cape Town CBD

2017-02-09 08:48

President Jacob Zuma is set to deliver the State of the Nation address 2017 at Parliament in Cape Town today.

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09 Feb 22:29

Zuma is still full of energy and jiving on stage at the Grand Parade.


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Cape Town traffic moving slowly due to SONA.


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EFF members and MPs are out and about.


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09 Feb 15:35

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane is outraged that Police are everywhere in the city, @JennaEtheridge reports.

He says Jacob Zuma has shut down city.

“This is the people's parliament. South Africans should be able to come here and give expression to their struggles. SONA can be a farce, ceremonial. But the tragedy is we forget to talk about lost generation, Young people not able to find work. If he was delivering SONA, he would deal with young people getting a free year of internships and also about economic growth with space for micro-enterprise.”


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And meanwhile on the red carpet at Parliament.


09 Feb 15:24

EFF Western Cape Chairperson Bernard Joseph explains what they are protesting about.


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Seems a bus dropped ANC supporters off in Adderley St, where the EFF is protesting, instead of at the Parade in Darling St where the ANC's People's Assembly is taking place. 


09 Feb 15:13

Police keeping ANC and EFF supporters apart.


09 Feb 15:10

The protesters who were at the train station have left.


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09 Feb 15:08

Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phahlane told police officers on Thursday that there is nothing "foreign" about the deployment of South African National Defence Force members at president Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address.


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Protesters, some armed with sjamboks, are making their way through the city centre ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA).


09 Feb 15:02

Protesters got into train carriages under the watchful eye of the police.


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Police blocking off protesters in the train station.


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Signs of protestors inside Train station.

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A group of protesters are moving toward the people's assembly event at Grand Parade.

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People scramble to get T-Shirts from an ANC at the Grand Parade

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Military vehicles drive past EFF protesters 

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Riot police are waiting roughly 200 meters from ANC rally on Grand Parade.

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The EFF have begun to mobilise on Adderely Street.

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The #SONASoldiers have arrived

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This was the first time media has been invited to the police commissioners address ahead of SONA.

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"It is nothing foreign," police commissioner on SANDF deployment.

09 Feb 13:29
The EFF have arrived with shirts that read 'Fear Fokkol'

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"Let us not disappoint the people of our country by doing anything that is outside the law." - National Commissioner Phahlane.

09 Feb 13:23
"Nothing that we do should be outside the confines of the law. We are not going to allow you to over react. We will not allow anyone of us acting irresponsible." - Acting National Commissioner Phahlane.

09 Feb 13:23
"Do not shy away, do not fear anything when executing your duties. When called upon to act, we shall act." - Acting National Commissioner Phahlane.

09 Feb 13:21

Police commissioner  says he can see everyone looks ready for SONA 2017.

"We have a plan that will be executed without fear or favour."

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