Fierce first day of State of the Nation debating - As it happened

2015-02-17 14:04

Get all the details from the first day of State of the Nation debating in Parliament.


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17 Feb 19:48
The debate continues tomorrow (Wednesday) at 14:00.

17 Feb 19:48
And to much shouting, Didiza adjourns the house.

17 Feb 19:47
Patel invited DA MP to visit Western Cape townships which are another country to Camps Bay.

17 Feb 19:47
Patel: people of the Western Cape deserve better.

17 Feb 19:45
Patel says the bulk of job creation in the Western Cape continue to benefit whites.

17 Feb 19:44
Patel speaks of the DA's record in power in the Western Cape. Zille inherited from the ANC govt an unemployment rate in the province of 19.9% and it's now, under the DA, at 24%, he notes.

17 Feb 19:41
Patel says Public Enterprises Min Lynne Brown will give more details on easing energy crisis tomorrow.

17 Feb 19:40
Patel says he'll happily take a question on Medupi power plant once he's done.

17 Feb 19:39
Patel says working with investors, SA creates jobs.

17 Feb 19:38
Patel says they create jobs, despite what Maimane says.

17 Feb 19:35
Patel mentions South Africans by name who've benefitted from developments such as free wifi on busses.

17 Feb 19:34
Patel speaks of electricity connections for the poor.

17 Feb 19:33
MP rises on a point of order "pains me to see so many MP's asleep during deliberations", he says.

17 Feb 19:31
Patel says Zuma heard in Davos that minerals should be used to build manufacturing base.

17 Feb 19:31
Patel: We need to do more on growth and jobs.

17 Feb 19:29
Patel says SA remains largest direct investment destination in Africa, according to Ernst and Young.

17 Feb 19:29
Patel: Every one billion in IDC investment, attracts two billion in investment form other quarters.

17 Feb 19:27

17 Feb 19:27
Patel says we have huge challenges, but cause for optimism - SA attracts large investments.

17 Feb 19:26
But Steenhuisen threw this one in before he left: The last time the SACP had a real red among them was a Johnnie Walker Red.

17 Feb 19:26
Steenhuisen finished. Ebrahim Patel is up. He's the last speaker.

17 Feb 19:25
Steenhuisen: You moaned about Khayelitsha, interesting fact, every single ward in Khayelitsha has an ANC councillor.

17 Feb 19:25
Steenhuisen has reserved a few choice insults for certain people such as Gordhan, Ebrahim Patel, Magashule.

17 Feb 19:24
Steenhuisen says Zuma and Mbete needs a lecture in what democracy is.

17 Feb 19:23
Steenhuisen chuckles as he recalls how the ANCYL was driven into liquidation.

17 Feb 19:22

17 Feb 19:22
Steenhuisen is absolutely ripping into Zuma and his party.

17 Feb 19:22
Nkandla is the most important national symbol - of greed, corruption... - Steenhuisen

17 Feb 19:21
Steenhusien says Zuma lost the right to complain about parliament when he defied the rules.

17 Feb 19:20
Steenhuisen also reminds Zuma and the ANC that it was them who "got rid of Mbeki".

17 Feb 19:20

Zuma does not look happy as Steenhuisen asks when he's going to be held accountable.

Thank goodness Premier Magashule only comes once a year... says Steenhuisen.

17 Feb 19:19
DA's chief whip John Steenhuisen is next. He says Zuma is number 1... the number one rulebreaker.

17 Feb 19:18

Magashule: The ANC has indeed electrified the country.

He also called Zuma visionary.

And his time is up.

17 Feb 19:17
Magashule says this is why the ANC says "tomorrow will be better than today".

17 Feb 19:15
More EFF members are up, says Magashule shouldn't "claim easy victories and tell lies".

17 Feb 19:14
Malema says Magashule behaviour is unparlimentary. Accuses chair of shielding him.

17 Feb 19:13

EFF MP wants to ask Magashule a question. This EFF MP was former spokesperson to the premier. Magashule says he was fired.

Now they're getting a little raucous.

Thoko Didiza, who is chairing, is trying hard to maintain order.

17 Feb 19:12
Magashule says Eastern Cape built one new school every week, last year.

17 Feb 19:10
Magashule says some honourable members are still longing for apartheid, he says it will never happen, SA has changed. Some still wish to be called 'baas' and 'madam', he says.

17 Feb 19:10
Magashule says Mandela who was icon of the world wasn't wanted by the opposition, same with Mbeki and Zuma.

17 Feb 19:09
Magashule told not to say that about MPs, but he says it is true, he can call them by names - more shouts from MPs.

17 Feb 19:08
Magashule says some opposition MP's killed and maimed our brothers and sisters in exile.

17 Feb 19:07
Magashule asked if he'll take a question about "his website" but he skips over this. About R40m was spent on a Wordpress website that should have cost a few hundred rand.

17 Feb 19:06
Magashule told to continue - he says there is no need to worry about cadre deployment.Tells of when an ANC-affiliated worker in the Western Cape was fired by the DA when they took over the province.

17 Feb 19:04
Malema now saying repeatedly "I've never interacted with the Guptas". Chair desperately trying to maintain order. Not really working.

17 Feb 19:03
Magashule: All of them have interacted with the Gupta's including the DA.

17 Feb 19:02

Magashule says they have all interacted with Guptas, they are business people in SA.

Malema corrects him - I've never interacted with the Guptas. Zuma can confirm that.

17 Feb 19:02
Malema laughs as Magashule reminds him of his statement made a few years ago that he [Malema] would kill for Zuma.

17 Feb 19:01
Magashule makes a remark about Malema and there's furious shouting from, presumably, an EFF MP.

17 Feb 19:01
Magashule says there is No1 in SA, and that is Zuma not Zille.

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