As it happened: Another dramatic #SONA as chaos erupts inside and outside Parliament

2017-02-09 16:00

President Jacob Zuma has delivered his State of the Nation address at Parliament after the event was delayed by unhappy MPs. The speech only got underway after a Cope MP and the EFF were removed from the chamber and the DA and Agang walked out.

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09 Feb 22:44

Rand recovers after SONA chaos, now the focus turns to Budget.


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And the People's Assembly comes to an end too.


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He breaks into song. 

It is his signature song, Inde Lendlela.


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He says people who are serious listened to his speech. 


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Zuma is now addressing the patient crowd.


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On stage with him is Fikile Mbalula, Zweli Mkhize, Jessie Duarte and David Mahlobo.


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Zuma is still full of energy after his speech and is jiving on stage at the Parade.


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President Zuma is scheduled to address supporters on the Grand Parade soon.


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And over on the Grand Parade:


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'The speaker was too patient,' says Mantashe.


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Some of the broken furniture in the National Assembly after the removal of the EFF.


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Thandi Modise apologising. 


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Zuma's speech is done.


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Rand steady as Zuma lists economic successes.


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ANC supporters on the Parade are getting tired. Zuma still has to address them later.

Picture by Jenni Evans.


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Zuma sheds light on his radical economic transformation vision.

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There were stun grenade, and minutes later a Minstrels troupe marched down Darling St with police looking on.


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From Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille.


09 Feb 21:30

Statement from DA leader Mmusi Maimane about the events in Parliament:

The events which unfolded on the Parliamentary precinct this evening showed the nation that the ANC under Jacob Zuma has broken Parliament, broken the Constitution and broken our country.

The violence in Parliament tonight does nothing for the millions of South Africans still living in poverty, and without hope. They must be disheartened and appalled at the events of this evening.

The mission to remove the ANC and save our democracy is now more urgent than ever. The violence and disorder witnessed this evening is the direct result of a corrupt political party clinging onto power by using fear tactics and intimidation.

The army and riot police were deployed to bully Members and journalists, pepper spray was used in the Parliamentary chamber, and Members of Parliament were physically assaulted and removed from the chamber. Parliament ought to be a place where the public can engage with issues facing our nation. It is deplorable that ordinary members of the public were pepper sprayed while attending this evenings sitting.

But Jacob Zuma and his ANC planned this mayhem. Days before SONA, the Parliamentary precinct, the streets surrounding, and the inner city were swamped with thousands of police officers, riot police and the military.

We unequivocally condemn the deployment of the army and riot police inside the precinct of Parliament. We must now take legal action to ensure that security forces are never used in Parliament again.

Tonight showed that such action is now essential.


09 Feb 21:28

Riot police are still out in full force in Church Street, a block away from Parliament.

Picture by Jason Felix, Netwerk24


09 Feb 21:24

And the Speaker's Ball was supposed to start at 20:00.


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Many ANC supporters have left the People's Assembly on the Parade already.


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After his speech in Parliament, Zuma is scheduled to address the crowd on the Grand Parade at the ANC's People's Assembly.


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EFF MP Delisile Ngwenya says she was punched on the side of the face/ear.

She was escorted into an ambulance on parliamentary premises. 


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The teaching of maths and science is a priority in South Africa and would honour the memory of late African National Congress president Oliver Tambo, Zuma said in his speech.


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