Disruptions, heckling mar SONA 2016 - as it happened

2016-02-11 15:04

After many disruptions, President Jacob Zuma got his State of the Nation address under way, though there was much heckling from opposition MPs throughout it all.

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11 Feb 21:52
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said she appreciated the support her team and herself had received after the Constitutional Case application over the Nkandla matter.

11 Feb 21:44
If you didn't listen to the whole speech and feel the need to read through the entire address, well, here you go. Of course it doesn't have the added colour provided by fiery opposition MPs.

11 Feb 21:41
Deputy Minister of Public Works Jeremy Cronin said he thought South Africa stepped a little bit back from the abyss tonight..

11 Feb 21:26

Mmusi Maimane says President Zuma failed to even mention anything on the drought.

Except, that he did as evidenced by the video below.


11 Feb 21:24
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says, as expected, that the party is quite confident in Zuma.

11 Feb 21:15
And he's done.

11 Feb 21:14

South Africa’s migration policy should make it possible for companies to import scarce skills, President Jacob Zuma said during the State of the Nation address on Thursday.

“We have heard concerns from companies about delays in obtaining visas for skilled personnel from abroad,” he said.

“While we prefer employers prioritise local workers, our migration policy must also make it possible to import scarce skills.”


11 Feb 21:11
Oooh. Harsh.

11 Feb 21:05
WATCH: Malema says he refuses to be addressed by a criminal.

11 Feb 21:00
On #FeesMustFall, Zuma says there will be more details in the budget speech.

11 Feb 20:51
Zuma: We have noted concerns raised about new tax laws. Discussions with Cosatu underway.

11 Feb 20:46
Zuma: Five provinces have been seriously affected by the drought. Govt provides relief to affected communities.

11 Feb 20:44
Zuma: Land reform an important factor for transformation.

11 Feb 20:41
Zuma: Progress made in manufacturing has demonstrated the incentive programmes are effective and attractive to investors.

11 Feb 20:40
Zuma: in 2016 govt will select preferred bidders for coal independent power producers.

11 Feb 20:37

11 Feb 20:34
Zuma pledges "urgent" review of the "two capitals" (Pretoria and Cape Town). "The cost is too big." Requires 2 houses & 2 cars for officials.

11 Feb 20:31
Zuma wants Parliament to entertain 2 capitals: Pretoria (administrative) and Cape Town (legislative).

11 Feb 20:31
"Let the people listen, bazwe kahle" (so they can hear well), Zuma says as DA MPs drown out his speech.

11 Feb 20:26
Zuma congratulates SA on top 10 WEF ranking in economic competitiveness. The aim is to become a financial centre for Africa.

11 Feb 20:25
When Zuma says they will deal with the minister of finance DA MPs say "which one".

11 Feb 20:21
Zuma is a "thief" who has now decided to pay back the money, said Malema from the steps of the Marks Building. "He is not credible and we are not going to respect him." By leaving they denied the "white shirts the chance to "suck our blood", says Malema.

11 Feb 20:16

The laughter as Zuma says the SOE's are performing well.

EFF president Julius Malema delivered the "real" state if the nation address with President Jacobs Zuma speaking in the background on a TV in the precinct, reports Jenni Evans. He said if the ANC does not remove "the chief thug" Zuma, they will start impeachment proceedings.


11 Feb 20:13

11 Feb 20:12
"Your resignation" DA MPs shout as Zuma says he will share a few points.

11 Feb 20:11
A lot of the MPs mumbling about Nene's firing in the DA benches.

11 Feb 20:10
Normal heckling from the DA, shouting "oh come on" through the speech.

11 Feb 20:06
And Zuma, seemingly oblivous to all the action, continues without skipping a beat.

11 Feb 20:02
EFF now leaving the house while chanting "Zupta must fall!"

11 Feb 20:01

He has stolen from us, he has made this country a joke, Malema shouts into his mic.

And here come the 'white shirts' to remove MPs. EFF MPs shouting "Zupta must fall!"


11 Feb 19:59
Mmusi Maimane: We can discuss the jobs of one man Mr Nene or the jobs of millions of people.

11 Feb 19:57
Modise says finally: We will not allow anymore points of order.

11 Feb 19:54

11 Feb 19:51
Modise, begging for dignity, says: I don't think we're doing SA any favours by doing what we're doing.

11 Feb 19:50
Shivambu's mic was cut off but now it's back on.

11 Feb 19:49

Now Minister Naledi Pandor asks that the speaker allows for the business of the day to continue.

Pandor: please assist us by not having extended dialogues with members of the house.


11 Feb 19:47
Mbete tells Malema she "prevails on you to leave the Chamber"

11 Feb 19:44
Mbete says these points of orders are the abuse of the rules and privilege of freedom of speech.

11 Feb 19:43
Again Zuma takes his seat as Mbete says this is not the opportunity for questions.

11 Feb 19:41
Here we go again... EFF calling a point of order (or, in short, a, um, POO) but Zuma keeps going.

11 Feb 19:39
Mbete gave quite the side-eye while Thandi Modise addressed the EFF MPs.

11 Feb 19:36

Zuma says the nation was shaken by the racism that reared its head on "social and electronic media".

And now he's being disrupted again... but he keeps trying to speak.


11 Feb 19:35
Zuma notes 11 February commemorates the date Nelson Mandela released from prison.

11 Feb 19:33
EFF MPs saying "And the Guptas - the Zuptas" as Zuma greets.

11 Feb 19:33
Zuma looks rather uncomfortable as the shouts continue and get louder around him.

11 Feb 19:32
Zuma continues with his speech but there's shouting from many inside the House.

11 Feb 19:31
Lekota has left the chamber and the EFF clapped for him. Cope MP Carter walking out with him. Madishe also out. All Members of Cope gone.

11 Feb 19:30
Lekota insists Zuma must step down because he broke his oath of office. Mbete orders him to leave.

11 Feb 19:29
Zuma tried but he was disrupted again. This time, somewhat unexpectedly, by Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota who wants to make a point of order. Mbete asks Zuma to take his seat.

11 Feb 19:26
Zuma now takes to the podium to much clapping.

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