AS IT HAPPENED: Zuma responds to Sona debate

2014-06-20 09:58
President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma

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WATCH: Malema being kicked out of Parliament

2014-06-20 08:50

Watch the EFF leader Julius Malema being ordered to leave the National Assembly, trailed by other EFF members. WATCH

President Jacob Zuma will respond on Friday to the debates following Tuesday's State of the Nation address.

The last few days in Parliament have been more colourful than usual with the presence of Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters.

Malema was asked to leave the National Assembly on Thursday night, after refusing to withdraw a remark accusing the ANC of murdering mineworkers in Marikana.

Malema made the remarks during his maiden speech on day one of the State of the Nation debate on Wednesday.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane also made his debut speech in Parliament on Wednesday when he described himself as a patriot who wished only the best for South Africa.

10:51 - This concludes the debate on the Sona.

10:51 - The house will be informed on what action will be taken.

10:50 - Modise has asked for audio and video footage of incident.

10:49 - Modise - Parly has rules & procedures. The type of behaviour displayed by EFF members is not in keeping with the decorum of the house.

10:49 - Thandi Modise addressing Malema incident. Malema focused.

10:48 - Zuma concludes to much more enthusiastic applause.

10:47 - Zuma: We belong in different parties because we believe in different methods but it is about SA ultimately.

10:46 - Zuma appeals for a debate that will help the country move forward.

10:44 - Zuma says decline in support for opposition parties show voters don't take them seriously, says Zuma to some clapping.

10:43 - Zuma: I highly respect the opposition that is constructive, because it is about our country, our future.

10:40 - Zuma extends condolences to family of Metro FM presenter Eddie Zonde who died this week.

10:40 - Zuma: Provincial competitions can be an incentive for sports development.

10:38 - Zuma says he hopes people are watching the "high standard" of football being played in Brazil. 

10:37 - Zuma urges working together for a better future.

10:36 - Our people have elected us so we can lead them to a prosperous future - Zuma

10:36 -  Zuma now speaking on land "those who must obtain land and those who must release land"

10:34 - Zuma: As the AU meets next week, we will fight for Africa to create stronger institutions to solve its problems

10:31 - Zuma: Honourable Holomisa, we agree we need to appoint people with correct technical skills for municipalities

10:30 - Have you seen the video of Malema being kicked out of Parliament? Watch here:

10:29 - Zuma: Municipalties will be assisted with revenue collection strategies.

10:28 - Zuma mentions this "good story to tell". Sounds as if two people, one rathereagerly, clapped.

10:27 - Zuma acknowledges ANC's Kubayi saying that youth should not depend on govt grants, but make their own lives.

10:26 - Zuma: Government's bursary scheme enrolls students each year, indeed we need more teachers.

10:24 - This just sounds like Sona 3.0. Could list as one of this year's least exciting events.

10:23 - Zuma notes concerns about maths and science poor performance "in some schools".

10:22 - Zuma: lists schools completed in a various provinces and those still to be completed. The programme is going very well indeed.

10:19 - Gigaba writes on his papers as Zuma talks about revival of Batho Pele approach, says City Press reporter Carien du Plessis.

10:19 - Zuma: We need to develop skills from artisans to engineers for SA's industrialisation.

10:18 - This has actually been a very successful and... exciting campaign, Zuma says, to a little more applause.

10:17 - 

10:16 - About four people just clapped. And not even with enthusiasm.

10:15 -  Zuma: All departments to have public outreach programmes for people to raise concerns directly.

10:12 - Zuma: Citizen hotlines have helped government to understand how important it is to have responsive complaints systems.

10:11 - Zuma: We want government to deliver service faster and more efficiently.

10:10 - Zuma: while economy will take centre stage, will also improve performance if state in particular public service.

10:09 - Zuma isn't getting much applause this morning. Maybe MPs are still waking up...

10:07 - Planning will be used to solve problems, SA version of Malaysian model Phakisa to be launched next month.

10:06 - Meanwhile...

10:05 - Zuma: Need to bridge gap between policy and implementation, and need to ensure quality and timely services.

10:05 - Zuma: Life gets better for more people.

10:04 - Zuma speaks slowly. Carefully.

10:03 - Growth target of 5% by 2019. Will do everything to move towards this target, says the president.

10:02 - Zuma: the programme will improve the delivery of services by government.

10:01 - We all have the same goal. To move SA forward - Zuma

10:01 - Zuma starts response. He thanks MPs for their comments on his Sona.

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