In Parliament with Ferial Haffajee - As it happened

2015-02-12 19:18

City Press editor Ferial Haffajee provides live insight and analysis from Parliament as President Jacob Zuma delivers his eighth State of the Nation address.

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12 Feb 21:27
The ANC leaves the empry house singing revolution. But it got the red carpet pulled out from under it. Now what?

12 Feb 21:19
*Even there, they scored first*. At last, light-hearted moment. #BafanaBafana - though am not sure Madiba Magic can perk up things.

12 Feb 21:14
Coming home: Moses Kotane; J B Marks.

12 Feb 21:12
As deflated as your tyre when it hits a particularly nasty Jozi pot-hole.

12 Feb 21:08
That's cool. You can get new ID at your local bank. In another SONA that would have been top news.

12 Feb 21:07
The prohibition on civil servants moonlighting is huge. But who is going to check?

12 Feb 21:06
Gosh, police mostly doing public order - we are a rebellious lot!

12 Feb 21:02
Nothing on infrastructure drive - the R847-billion's been a SONA staple but is not mentioned. Wonder if Phakisa takes over?

12 Feb 21:01
Operation Phakisa deserves more attention. It's huge. I want to know more about ideal clinic programme. Is it working?

12 Feb 20:59
That was a sub-tweet: you'll tell those that are not here, says JZ.

12 Feb 20:56
Governing is hard slog. Opposing is easier. No doubt.

12 Feb 20:50
Telkom to lead broadband extension; SAA gets a 90-day emergency stabilisation programme.

12 Feb 20:47
Aside from that lovely chuckle at 20:00, the fire in the President's belly's gone. You try delivering a speech after *that*.

12 Feb 20:44
The Presidential guests here are so lovingly chosen. #Sona2025. Pity they didn't get more airtime.

12 Feb 20:44
The numbers of land claims lodged upon the re-opening of claims process is huge.

12 Feb 20:40
The growth plans are unimpressive on the whole: still too project and incentive-based.

12 Feb 20:34
But the EFF came with a clear plan to disrupt. Order of disruptions; lawyer Dali Mpofu in the House. @Mngxitama dealt with.

12 Feb 20:32
So prohibition on foreign land gets loudest applause so far. (I wonder why?) Much more than youth jobs.

12 Feb 20:30
Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokhonyane were shaking their fists in anger at media corner during #BringBackTheSignal. Gosh!

12 Feb 20:29
The mood in the House is sombre, I feel. (It's usually a festive and fun occasion)

12 Feb 20:28
Still 3.5-million households without power. ( We shouldn't forget that).

12 Feb 20:26
The President's laying out a solid work programme. All lined up with last years. A good 10 minutes on energy.

12 Feb 20:25
Before you support strong-arm tactics today, remember where we come from. And where does it stop?

12 Feb 20:23
Best news so far 270 000 youth getting jobs on youth wage subsidy. This thing's working.

12 Feb 20:21
Without #BringBackTheSignal do you think the live feed would have been cut? Absolutely, in my view. There was a clear plan.

12 Feb 20:18
Armed police pulling and pushing and prodding stroppy MP's out of the House is a further descent into security state.

12 Feb 20:16
The President is delivering a national.address to largely only the ANC. The opposition benches feel like a festering sore.

12 Feb 20:15
I watched State Security minister David Mahlobo leave the House as we started #Bringbackthesignal. He came back. Signal returned.

12 Feb 20:12
The signal jamming at parliament marks a descent into a security state. We shouldn't accept it.

12 Feb 20:10
And watching a President trying to pick up a broken speech is heart-achingly painful too.

12 Feb 20:09
Sitting in the House and watching those MP's roughed out was the saddest thing I've seen. And heart-stopping.

12 Feb 20:07
19:25: Godrich Gardee rises on a point of order. 20:00 President starts again. 35 minutes that shook Mzansi.

12 Feb 20:07
Watching Thabo Mbeki and wondering what is going through his mind?

12 Feb 19:34

State security minister was seen leaving the house.

He returned.

A few minutes later, a functionary gave him a note.

Then, a few minutes thereafter the signal came back on.


12 Feb 19:21
President Jacob Zuma has taken the podium and begins his State of the Nation address.

12 Feb 19:20

Holding their mobile phones aloft, they chanted "Bring back the signal" at regular intervals ahead of the address.  This happened several times.   They were joined in protest by the opposition benches.  The governing ANC benches looked perplexed and then angry.

By the second round of protests, the ANC benches rose in protest and attempted to drown out the voices of those resisting the jamming of the signal.  

This State of the Nation address was keenly awaited this year DA rose on a point of order to ask the Speaker to turn off the jamming device. MM asked the Speaker to allow SA'ns to be part of the deliberations.  The media cannot do its work - has not happened in 20 years of democracy, said a DA member.  

The Speaker asked the secretary of parliament to investigate while the SONA was delayed


12 Feb 19:20
The State of the Nation address is covered live by all media who make it a key point of the parliamentary calendar.  After attempts at negotiations with various officials from the executive and the legislature, the parliamentary media corps protested.

12 Feb 19:20

The signal to the parliamentary chamber was jammed for the first time in the history of the democratic Parliament.

Parliamentary spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs confirmed a decision to cut all mobile phone and data signals to the Chamber.

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