DA won't resort to disruptions during Sona - Maimane

2016-02-04 12:17
MMusi Maimane (Beeld)

MMusi Maimane (Beeld)

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Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance will not be party to any State of the Nation Address (Sona) disruptions, its leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday.

Maimane said it was important that they heard what President Jacob Zuma said, even though the speech would leave them none the wiser as to the true state of the nation.

Zuma will deliver his address in Parliament on Thursday, February 11.

Maimane, addressing the Press Club in Cape Town, said they would let the president speak at Sona, and reply through the opportunity afforded to them by Parliament.

Last year’s Sona descended into chaos when Economic Freedom Fighters MPs were forcefully removed from the National Assembly after they demanded that Zuma pay back a portion of the money spent on his Nkandla homestead.

Maimane said it was important that the president be held accountable and that could only happen through a functional and intact Parliament.

"The problem with spoiler parties is that they lack ambition. While they are in politics to make a noise, we are in it to make a difference."

He said their intention was to occupy the majority benches of Parliament soon.

"But make no mistake, just because we will not resort to chaos, it does not mean that President Zuma will get an easy ride from us in the weeks ahead."

In his address, Zuma should focus on plans to sort out South African Airways, averting another credit ratings downgrade, the DA said.

The president should also declare the drought a national crisis, and provide a working plan to increase National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding for higher education students.

Making an example of the Eastern Cape’s dismissal matric results, Maimane said the country needed to hear plans to improve schooling of poor, predominantly black learners.

The president also needed to focus on social cohesion and nation building, he said.

"He needs to put an end to the bitter racial conflict and divisiveness that has dominated the news and social media."

The DA leader also called for Zuma to detail plans on how he planned to raise capital to "keep the country afloat in 2016".

Earlier this week, Zuma said his State of the Nation Address would mostly focus on the economy.

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