AS IT HAPPENED: Zuma responds to Sona debate

2014-06-20 09:58

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.

  • Lolo James - 2014-06-20 10:07

    Juju and his screw want to turn this country into a failed state. Our government must never allow that

      Taamane Kopi Letona - 2014-06-20 10:18

      you sound politically illiterate like your sister -in law Dr mamphele r.

      Lolo James - 2014-06-20 10:29

      @zamzam. Let Zuma and the ANC be voted through elections don't think rudeness and disrespect will propel you to power

      Kamohelo Moshodi - 2014-06-20 10:38

      Ur clown president failed this country I don't knw which world are living in,if boooomma was not president I don't think this is would be happening in first place

      Lolo James - 2014-06-20 10:43

      @moshodi. You know that juju hates Botswana.

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2014-06-20 10:16

    well said ZAMA ZAMA

  • Ntsieni Takalani Nemakhavhani-Khoza - 2014-06-20 10:20

    Potato head!!

  • Mc Apple - 2014-06-20 10:25

    There is no Pedi word for "faster" and there is definitely no Pedi word for "efficiently", I know and from what I've experienced there is no such words in Zulu either. Come to think of it, there are books full of words that does not exist in these African languages.

  • Mandy Pepler - 2014-06-20 10:26

    Little to no applause, people don't believe you showerhead. Start by firing unqualified MP's in positions that they know nothing about and employ young dynamic educated staff.

  • Mc Apple - 2014-06-20 10:28

    Mmmm judging form the photo, Zuma doesn't seem to be that black anymore. He seem to be turning yellow.

  • HASANIM@ME.COM - 2014-06-20 10:29

    How does he respond to 8 palaces about to be built for the King of Zulus. Should nt we create jobs using the money? Cry the beloved country

      Liyema Mbatiwe - 2014-06-20 11:39

      Do you expect him to comment? he wont because he is also planning to build NKANDLA 2 soon.

  • mmmmTim - 2014-06-20 10:35

    Absolutely nothing new, as the whole "debate" over the last two days did not happen. He is just repeating himself, complete waste of time!

  • Suzanne Smal - 2014-06-20 11:11

    Wow, great, I feel so confident about the future of SA after this

      Xavier7034 - 2014-06-20 11:22

      Your're kidding, right? .

      Paige Turner - 2014-06-20 15:13

      Xavier, please don't discount Suzanne's irony and sarcasm. It's what keeps the debate lively.

  • Liyema Mbatiwe - 2014-06-20 11:12


  • RDynasty LaFamilia - 2014-06-20 11:29

    Showerhead comment about quality of football in Brazil, yet here in Sa we don't hav quality of anything

  • RDynasty LaFamilia - 2014-06-20 11:32

    I think he actually support the building of 8 palaces.....its just a matter of time he wil also want to build Nkandla v2.0

  • RDynasty LaFamilia - 2014-06-20 11:35

    'We will improve the delivery of services by government'....he has been sayin that since day one, with strikes all over them country it's just a good sign enough that gov is not delivering

  • Anton van der Merwe - 2014-06-20 11:36

    I say it again we never had this in the good old days. Its a pity that some pp, see zuma and his actions as good but they still dont see the bigger picture. To date he has done nothing for the country but tell lies and steal our hard earn money. Look at our goverment departments is all in a mess and he will never get it sorted out. Defence force, health care, education, economy, municipalities, police , justice, transport, hey the list goes on we in South Africa is screwed by the ANC and before some of you want to jump up and comment remember Zuma does not stay in the settlements he gives you no food jobs education health care you can sit on tne street he will not give you a rand . The reality is he and the ANC does not care.

  • Putco Lebepe - 2014-06-20 11:38

    Can someone tell President Zuma that we are not impressed and he must step down??? Under this ANC government, our country is sinking into quagmire.

  • kmw13047 - 2014-06-20 11:59

    I just loved the Chair Lady, she did not and will not take sh..t from them but saying this, I was actually disgusted in what Malema & Kie did after they were asked to leave....

  • Gandanga Tororo - 2014-06-20 12:36

    And the show must go ON! Yeah, I heard it back in the day the Apartheid regime killed our people now its Zuma and his people. EFF correct for once!? Who is the liar now?

  • Apostle Ncakeni - 2014-06-20 12:40

    I wonder what should the country expect from a man speaking from his death bed when he failed to deliver when he was still healthy. Should the country expect anything? Even Modise wants parly to speak only on what she wants to hear as long as it does not taint the ANC. She restricted the EFF to speak only on the Sona but allowed Mulder to ask the EFF to respond as to why their debate is in a white man's language and not in their mother toungue. Democracy compromised

  • Anton van der Merwe - 2014-06-20 13:10

    Since the ANC came into power all the coruption started. We never had this in the GOOD OLD days. Lets take a look at all these political parties. They use there own party memebers to manage state departments but none of those memebers has any qualifications to run or manage those departments. Lets have a look at the SAPS the last minister in charge of the SAPS did not know what he was doing and then you get all his chiefs they did not trained any of the officer's to have no respect does not know 3% of the SA law.they re write the laws of this country to protect the criminals. The one chief of police gets locked up for coruption but then does not finish his prison sentence and gets a new job in goverment. There is just no control in our country. We just cant trust those who must protect us. And the best part is things cant change if the people of this country does not stand together. AWAY WITH CORUPTION , AWAY WITH THE ANC GOVERMENT , AWAY WITH E TOLLS , AWAY WITH CRIME .

  • Simon Sai Foyo - 2014-06-20 14:08

    Crap crap let EFF wake them up bayozela

  • Yamkela Thabo Makonxa - 2014-06-20 14:12

    Our President JZ is saying SA need to develop skills for artisans to engineers but we are sitting at home with our diplomas and degrees, those are just a promises. We are tired of promises we need leaders who will practice what they preach.

  • Rodney Benny Zanele Mthombeni - 2014-06-20 17:01

    We give our mps mandates they must talk until tired only truth and its painfull.ANC under Zuma use Malema as condom,after you use,you through away.they will feel heat,welcome Malima and Nkandla issue is coming.

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