Zuma to respond to heated SONA debate

2016-02-18 12:55

Parliament – After two days of heated debates and the airing of dirty laundry in Parliament, President Jacob Zuma will get his chance to reply on Thursday afternoon.

The president delivered his State of the Nation Address in Parliament last Thursday, February 11.

This week, opposition parties debated Zuma's speech, with some aiming below the belt in an attempt to score political points.

Parties called for his resignation, accused him of breaking his oath to his office, and of being unfit to lead.

On Thursday, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane called on the president to address the jobs crisis in the country in his reply.

"The president must use his reply this afternoon to announce bold, innovative, and immediately implementable steps to kick-start our economy so that jobs can be created," he said.

Maimane said a failure to address jobs would be yet another failure of leadership on Zuma's part.

There was a heavy police presence around the Parliament precinct on Thursday morning in preparation for Zuma's address.

Police vehicles, including armoured Nyalas, surrounded the precinct, sections of which were wrapped in razor wire to prevent unauthorised entry.

This follows protests by several organisations when Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address.

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