State of the Nation 2015 - As it happened

2015-02-12 18:43

Get all the coverage from this year's State of the Nation here.

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12 Feb 21:59
Radebe says Zuma already responded to the Nkandla question when he met with editors over the weekend.

12 Feb 21:55
Radebe confirms police were involved in removing EFF but says SA not a police state.

12 Feb 21:50
Radebe looks very grave.

12 Feb 21:49
Radebe skirts question of signal being jammed. He says presiding officers will have to answer that question.

12 Feb 21:46
Radebe is speaking at a news briefing right now. 

12 Feb 21:45
Radebe: We urge parliament to apply the rules and take stern action against those involved.

12 Feb 21:44
Radebe: our people should dissociate themselves from this kind of disputable behaviour

12 Feb 21:44
Radebe: EFF is "despicable", "shameful", they are "flabbergasted"

12 Feb 21:41
Radebe: They brought this democracy into disrepute. People of this great land died for this democracy.

12 Feb 21:40
Minister Jeff Radebe: Govt condemns this unruly conduct by members who want to render this country ungovernable.

12 Feb 21:38

12 Feb 21:36
An urgent media conference has been called at Parliament.

12 Feb 21:33
Former president FW de Klerk says what happened tonight in parliament threatens the economy.

12 Feb 21:33
Mantashe says Parliament, the seat of democracy, was defended firmly.

12 Feb 21:32
The ANC's Gwede Mantashe says all that was done tonight was to apply the rules of Parliament. He's referring to police being in the House.

12 Feb 21:30
ANC MPs are singing on the steps outside Parliament.

12 Feb 21:26
Maimane further says: It is important that Parliament’s business is urgently turned to the issues that matter to South Africans

12 Feb 21:24
It is clear the ANC’s use of heavy-handed security was planned well in advance, says Maimane.

12 Feb 21:22
The DA will demand full accountability for police entering the chambers, it says.

12 Feb 21:19
The real issues that matter to South Africans have been forgotten, says Maimane.

12 Feb 21:18

12 Feb 21:17
Zuma concludes his speech to much applause from the MPs, probably mostly ANC members, left inside the House.

12 Feb 21:14
Zuma says, after clearing his throat, that we must "appreciate" Bafana Bafana.

12 Feb 21:13

12 Feb 21:13
Zuma: 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of UN which brings sharp focus on the need to transform UN Security Council

12 Feb 21:10
Zuma: The African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises ACIRC has been operationalised

12 Feb 21:05
Zuma speaks of work being done to curb rhino poaching.

12 Feb 21:05

12 Feb 21:04
Zuma says fight against corruption continues.

12 Feb 21:04
Zuma: Protests must be peaceful. Police "brought under control" 23 000+ incidents.

12 Feb 21:02

See Malema address reporters outside Parliament. He says the ANC has turned South Africa into a police state. He insists it was not a provocation, "it's my right".

Watch below.


12 Feb 20:58
Zuma: We will continue to deliver housing to our people.

12 Feb 20:54
Another video of EFF MPs being forced out of the National Assembly.

12 Feb 20:49
Zuma: Small business is big business... We will keep promoting opportunities for youth.

12 Feb 20:48

South Africa expects the first of six new mini-nuclear plants to come on stream by the year 2023 "just in time for Eskom to retire part of its aging power plants", said Zuma.

He said that government was committed to providing 9 600MW of nuclear power through a nuclear build programme in terms of the government integrated energy plan of 2010 to 2030.


12 Feb 20:47
Zuma: We will set aside 30% of procurement from SMME's, cooperatives, township and rural enterprises.

12 Feb 20:44

Zuma listed a nine-point plan to meet the annual target of 1 million job opportunities per year.

"Our investment in youth employment is also paying off. The employment incentive, directed mainly at the youth is progressing very well," he said.


12 Feb 20:38

Zuma has stuck with his "good story to tell" line.

DA MPs say Marius Redelinghuys is being interrogated by public order police. He was arrested for holding a placard near the road.


12 Feb 20:35
Zuma talks about apple and maize exports. "A good story to tell in agriculture," he says.

12 Feb 20:34

12 Feb 20:34
Eskom is government's top priority, says Zuma. Overcoming the energy challenge faced by the state-owned power monopoly is "uppermost in our programme", he says.

12 Feb 20:32
The DA has condemned the use of water-cannons, batons and trained riot police to forcefully remove and arrest its supporters outside Parliament. They want the arrested members freed.

12 Feb 20:30
Foreign nationals will not be allowed to own land in South Africa but will be eligible for a long-term lease, announces Zuma.

12 Feb 20:27

12 Feb 20:25
Zuma: we have had five "vendor parade workshops" with nuclear providers: The US, South Korea, Russia, France, and China.

12 Feb 20:23
Malema says South Africa is a police state. He alleges that seven MPs were injured during their removal and that the EFF will consult their lawyers.

12 Feb 20:22

12 Feb 20:21
Zuma: Eskom has been directed to switch from diesel to gas as a source of energy.

12 Feb 20:21
Every so often there's a smattering of applause for something Zuma says. It's a smattering because, well, there are significantly fewer MPs in the House.

12 Feb 20:16
Maimane now saying to journalists that it is unacceptable that police were in the Chamber. Have to work this out with Parliamentary authority, he says.

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