Top Quotes from the SONA

By Drum Digital
10 February 2017

Political leaders had much to say to express their views at the Thursday’s State of the Nation Address.

Here’s a list of top quotes:

  • Madam speaker, you need to do something about security guards who are carrying cable ties to tie up our members and injections with biological weapons. – EFF Floyd Shivambu

  • We cannot expect President Zuma to address the nation. How can we? He is a constitutional delinquent – EFF Mbuyiseni Ndlozi

  • Who are these two men at the door, this is my house and I don’t know them. The only people allowed here are sworn members carrying these cards – EFF Mbuyiseni Ndlozi

  • He [Zuma] has discharged himself from the oath of office. Madam speaker, in English he is called a scoundrel, in our mother tongue he is lemenemene” – COPE Mosiuoa Lekota

  • This man has broken South Africa, he has broken Parliament – DA John Steenhuisen

  • This parliament has voted not to remove the President, the motion was defeated. I suggest that we continue with the business of this house and reject this frivolous intervention by this honourable member. – ANC Jackson Mthembu

  • Zuma has collapsed his opportunity to speak to the nation because he does not respect the Constitution – EFF Malema

  • We cannot waste the time of South Africans any more than we have. The EFF is abusing their constitutional right of Freedom of Speech to abuse members of Parliament – Speaker Baleka Mbete

  • There was a complaint that tear gas was used inside the National Assembly, we can confirm that pepper spray was released – NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise

  • This government is worse than PW Botha, bringing the army into this place, the police and ultimately taking the media away, while the business of the people of South Africa is not taken away – DA Mmusi Maimane

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