AS IT HAPPENED: EFF MP Chirwa calls Ramaphosa's SONA 'stale, empty and meaningless' in fiery maiden speech at #SONADebate

2019-06-25 13:00

Members of Parliament are debating President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting of National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.


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President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of th

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Carrim wraps up. Proceedings will now adjourn for lunch, for an hour. 

Catch the rest of the proceedings on our live stream.

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The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi rises to antagonise Carrim mid-speech, says he is being misleading by misrepresenting the ANC's losses and the EFF's gains in National Assembly, and says that's why there are now more red overalls and Carrim has ended up in the NCOP. Ndlozi says the next stop for Carrim is the old age home. 

The deputy speaker makes Ndlozi withdraw his statement, which he eventually does.

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Carrim accuses opposition parties of being deliberately opposed to Ramaphosa's SONA, and says they would have remained so, no matter what the president's SONA contained. 

"It is endless, rampant opposition, for opposition's sake," says Carrim. 

25 Jun 12:59

Hill-Lewis wraps up and makes way for ANC MP Yunus Carrim.

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Malema to Ramaphosa: We can't see what Mandela saw in you

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told President Cyril Ramaphosa that he could not see what former president Nelson Mandela once saw in him.

Malema was speaking during a debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

"We were abused here by an election campaign that saw people like Oprah Winfrey rented and brought here to tell us about how (former president) Nelson Mandela wanted you to be president. There is no sign of what he saw in you [that we can see]," said Malema. 

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The DA's Geordin Hill-Lewis takes the podium next.

He too says, essentially, that more immediate action is required, and not Ramaphosa's dreams. 

Hill-Lewis says the last 10 years are more than just a "lost" decade, it's a lost generation.

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Chirwa wraps up. 

The ATM's Zungula is up next at the podium.

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Chirwa continues, after the brief disruption.

25 Jun 12:40

Chirwa is interrupted on a point of order. 

Chirwa is asked to withdraw a statement in which she says the president is "complicit in murder". 

Chirwa's fellow EFF MPs leap to her defence, and say she said that the "government was complicit". The EFF MPs also say that you are not allowed to interrupt an MPs maiden speech.

The deputy speaker continues to insist that Chirwa withdraw her statement, and tries to bring order back to proceedings.

25 Jun 12:37

Straight out of the gate, Chirwa jumps into the issue of landlessness, saying the "face of poverty and landlessness in this country remain black females". 

"Black, old women don't have the luxury of dreaming like yourself," says Chirwa.

25 Jun 12:35

Ramokgopa wraps up, and is followed by the EFF's Chirwa.

25 Jun 12:33

Ramokgopa lays out some of the details of how the Gauteng province will help make Ramaphosa's dream a reality. 

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Kwankwa is cut short by the deputy speaker: "You must learn to keep to your time..."

The ANC's Ramokgopa up next.

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The UDM's Kwankwa now up. 

25 Jun 12:19

Meshoe says the ACDP welcomes the introduction of robotics and coding in primary schools.

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Labuschagne wraps up. Next at the podium is ACDP MP Meshoe.

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Mkhatshwa wraps up, followed by the DA's Labuschagne, now at the podium.

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Mkhatshwa says we must "whip" patriarchy out of our society. 

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Mkhatshwa starts off: "I stand on the shoulders of the great women who drafted the Freedom Charter and draw strength from them..."

Mkhatshwa says South African youth are doing great things locally and internationally. 

25 Jun 12:01

Groenewald wraps up. 

Next up is the ANC's Nompendulo Mkhatshwa. 

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25 Jun 11:59

Groenewald invites Ramaphosa to attend a funeral of a person murdered in a farm attack, and says Ramaphosa can invite him to any other funeral that he wishes to. "People are murdered in a gruesome nature," says Groenewald.

25 Jun 11:58

Groenewald touches on the issue of farm attacks and murders, uses emotive language to describe the "torture" that victims of farm attacks suffer. 

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Groenewald touches on black economic empowerment (BEE), to protestation from the other MPs in attendance. Groenewald says it must be done away with, because it only favours a politically-connected few.

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