As it happened: Zuma responds in SONA debate

2014-02-20 14:04
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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma responded to his political rivals on Thursday after they picked apart his State of the Nation address. See the live update below.

Zuma faced tough criticism in the week from opposition party leaders including the Democratic Alliance’s Lindiwe Mazibuko, the Congress of the People’s Mosiuoa Lekota and the Inkatha Freedom Party’s Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Mazibuko vowed to table a motion to impeach Zuma if the public protector's report on Nkandla found him guilty of wrongdoing.

15:38 - 11m

Address by President Zuma in response to the debate on The State of The Nation Address National Assembly, Cape Town

15:30 15m

Winnie goes up to Zuma. She hugs him for a long time and talks into his ear. He pats her back




15:14 - @CapeTown Mr President, respectfully, City of #CapeTown does not belong to Democratic Alliance, but to citizens who vote freely.

15:11 4m

I really love the way our president laughs at people. President Jacob Zuma is quite a comedic genius slash gangster.

15:09 - "We have a good story to tell. I thank you," Zuma says as he ends off his speech.

15:08 - Zuma speaks about how important it is for the youth to take part in the elections.
15:08 - We honour those who served and suffered for the freedom we enjoy today. Millions will cast their votes in a celebration of the right to vote that millions only gained for the first time in 1994, Zuma says.

15:06 - Fact of the matter is the population of this country has an organisation that works for them, that liberated them, and they will vote for it, Zuma ad libs, before slipping into Zulu in a jovial manner.

15:05 - "The good story is not told by the ANC government only, it's told by independent researchers. Only those who may believe in another country will tell another story." Zuma then criticises the opposition who don't agree, saying we appreciate it, as it is a democracy. "The story of a good story is told by those who look at it without an agenda."
15:03 - SONA gave us a good overview of the good South African story – full review in the government's 20 year review, Zuma says. There are also reports.
15:01 - We've noted the appeal by Mario Oriani-Ambrosini about the decriminalisation of dagga, Zuma says, adding he was touched by the IFP politician's appeal. "I have asked the minister of health to look into this matter.

14:59 - Zuma mentions centenary of outbreak of World War 1, including black troops, and the need to work together for world peace, on our continent particularly. Need for reform at the UN. And honour our veterans.

14:58 - Zuma speaks about the transformation of SANDF into a peace force which is "highly regarded" in the African continent and worldwide. Armed Forces Day tomorrow. Will pay tribute to first commander in chief: Nelson Mandela
14:56 - Back to his prepared speech, Zuma talks about the successes in the fight against crime – new police stations and courts.

14:54 - If you don't know disadvantage, come to Cape Town, there are 2 cities, Zuma says in an obvious dig at Cape Town. He also takes a dig at Helen Zille's refugee statement.

14:54 - We are tackling a very serious problem through social grants. Those who were in advantage during apartheid will never understand it.

14:53 - Many are unemployable because they didn't get an education, Zuma says.
14:51 - Zuma goes off script again, speaks about how South Africa was a "very funny country" before (during apartheid). Nobody can say the country is failing to move, he explains. On the issue of social grants – we are dealing with a problem there's no other way to deal with – to help those with absolutely nothing, he adds.
14:50 - Grants are sustainable and are the most effective way to address poverty
14:49 - Zuma: Children with disabilities must also be accommodated and supported in schools.
14:48 - Zuma: "I want to see every child, especially those from poor households, be able to follow their dreams"
14:46 - Intervention in Free State departments is also paying off, Zuma says.

14:44 - Officials being held responsible for Limpopo's problems, prosecutions on track. The Limpopo turnaround is remarkably, a good story. We congratulate the province."
14:43 - Limpopo's finances have improved, Zuma states.

14:42 - Zuma brings up that the Western Cape spends R10bn on consultants.
14:39 - DA's @timharris responds to Zuma: "@SAPresident misquoting my speech: we support EPWP work opportunities (and deliver them better in gov) but they’re not the same as real jobs."
14:37 - We have done "exceptionally well" in extending basic services, states Zuma.
14:37 - Another good story for South Africa is the advancement of worker rights, says Zuma.

14:34 - We are boosting economic growth and job creation by working with business and labour
14:31 - EPWP makes a big difference for those who wake up with no food to eat - Zuma
14:29 - DA "pretends to have a problem with the programme, but at the same time claims to have success in implementing it in the Western Cape". Zuma takes a dig at the DA's Tim Harris.
14:29 - Expanded Public Works Programme continues to be a success, benefited 3.5m people.
14:28 - National Green Fund, with R800m allocation, is completely over-subscribed, Zuma says. Applications to tune of R10bn.
14:26 - Zuma reveals job creation stats.

14:25 - "The state must intervene actively in the economy in the interests of the poor and the working class." - Zuma

14:25 - Private sector is the primary job creator, Zuma states. The role of government is to create the right environment for business to operate.

14:22 - Zuma returns to his prepared speech, talking about jobs growth

14:21 - Zuma goes off script to speak authoritatively about affirmative action
14:20 - Decades of racial inequality won't correct itself, warns Zuma
14:18 - We must intensify the implementation of affirmative action policies - Zuma

14:18 - Zuma speaks about affirmative action. "In looking at statistics (on affirmative action) it is clear that we need to do more"

14:16 - We are focusing on an inclusive economy, Zuma says, adding how many BEE deals have been done.

14:15 - Zuma talks about the National Development Plan, which will be discussed by the new Cabinet.

14:14 - We have achieved political freedom, now we must achieve economic freedom, de-racialise control of the economy.

14:13 - Zuma spells out focus of government moving ahead, to address poverty, unemployment and inequality. 

14:12 - Next 5 years about moving South Africa forward, says Zuma.

14:12 - Zuma: says that we are ridding the nation of hunger.

14:12 - Zuma says in Zulu that more schools have been built and more people have water and electricity. 

14:09 - There's also a good story to tell about rural development. President Zuma speaks in Zulu.

14:08 - Zuma talks about the telecommunications industry, and cellphone growth. More than 6m registered Facebook users in SA, many tweeting from their mobile phones.

14:07 Zuma: the more we tell the good story of how far we've come, the more we realise how much more we have to do

14:06 Zuma talks about the economy, how national debt has been reduced, before the impact of the global financial crisis.

14:05 Zuma reiterates that "we have a good story to tell".

14:04 - Our country is a much better place to live in now

14:04 - 20 years of freedom and democracy have changed the face of our country - a better life for all, especially the poor and the working class

14:03 - Zuma welcomes various dignitaries and guests.

14:01 - President Jacob Zuma starts to speak.
14:00 - Davis: The ANC is under pressure because of its president, difficult to speak out about corruption with corruption allegations hanging over him.
13:57 - Journalist Gaye Davis tells ANN7 the debate will be Zuma's time to respond to key attacks launched on him by the opposition.


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