Zuma kills with kindness in Sona debate response - As it happened

2015-02-19 13:47

Get all the details from President Jacob Zuma's response to the State of the Nation debate in which he sought to reassure Afrikaners there was a place for them in South Africa and slammed the signal jamming.


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19 Feb 16:01

IN SUMMARY: Zuma detailed plans to boost the economy and gave some more background on the land holding bill which concerns foreigners. Zuma explained that the bll affects the purchase of agricultural land and not residential properties.

He also mentioned quite a few opposition members by name, thanking them for their input and contributions to this year's debate.However, DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane was notably absent from the mentions. Maimane gave fervent speech in which he called Zuma a dishonourable man.

Probably the highlight of Zuma's response was his unscripted "history lesson" which was, in part, directed at FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder. Zuma referred to remarks he had made about Jan van Riebeeck [that's when the problems of this country started, Zuma had previously said].

Zuma went into great detail about the wars between the Boers and the English and the involvement of black people. He went on to reassure Mulder and other Afrikaners that there was indeed a place for them in South Africa and they weren't being chased away.

"I'll never be racist. I fight against those who suppress minorities," the president said. 

Speaking on events at the Sona, Zuma pleaded with MPs to preserve the dignity of Parliament. On the matter of the signal jamming, he said it was an unfortunate incident that should never happen again.

19 Feb 15:31
The joint session is concluded.

19 Feb 15:30
A round of applause for Zuma as he concludes his speech. From ANC MPs. Opposition MPs in the DA and EFF remain seated.

19 Feb 15:29

19 Feb 15:26
Let's always keep cool. Soccer players say play the ball, not the man - Zuma

19 Feb 15:26

I always believe you must remain cool and calm - Zuma

Who exactly is Zuma speaking to? Maimane? Malema? All the opposition?

19 Feb 15:24
When they [South Africans] look to us they must feel we deal with their matters with dignity - Zuma

19 Feb 15:24
Zuma: We have a responsibility to promote the Constitution. Security Cluster clarified matters relating to signal jamming. It is an unfortunate incident and should never happen again.

19 Feb 15:23
We need to preserve dignity of Parliament. Ensure people don't lose confidence in us. - Zuma

19 Feb 15:22
Zum rubs his hands as he goes into what he'll say about last week...

19 Feb 15:21
Zuma now moves to the "unfortunate incidents" of last Thursday...

19 Feb 15:20
Zuma: SA is not an advanced economy and we face many challenges, but in certain aspects, our development is very high.

19 Feb 15:19
Zuma: Less developed countries tend to grow faster than more developed countries.

19 Feb 15:17
Zuma says they won't allow profits of doom to downplay the hard work of people.

19 Feb 15:17
Zuma says they will also reflect on the road travelled and successes, not sitting with a nightmare as DA MP Waters said

19 Feb 15:17
South Africa is getting many things right - Zuma

19 Feb 15:16

19 Feb 15:14
Zuma: Brown outlined what we're doing to deal with energy crisis.

19 Feb 15:14
Zuma: We have admitted that load shedding is indeed a serious challenge and an impediment to economic growth.

19 Feb 15:14
And now Zuma done with his unprepared remarks. Back to the statement...

19 Feb 15:13
Zuma: You know, we've always kept quiet when those who imprisoned him (Mandela) were the ones who praised him - claimed him.

19 Feb 15:12
We don't worry when you call us names because we know where we came from, says Zuma.

19 Feb 15:12
Zuma: This man that everybody today praises [Mandela] was called terrorist number 1 and sent to jail for 27 years.

19 Feb 15:09

We'll FIGHT against those who want to chase you away! - Zuma

But we won' stop talking about this history so our children know, so these mistakes aren't made again - Zuma

I'll never be racist. I fight against those who suppress minorities - Zuma

19 Feb 15:08
Zuma:How can you say we want the Afrikaners to leave? No, we're saying trouble started when Jan van Riebeeck arrived

19 Feb 15:08
The Constitution says South Africa belongs to all who live in it, Black and White. And that is a profound statement - Zuma

19 Feb 15:07

19 Feb 15:06

19 Feb 15:05
Zuma is much more comfortable speaking off the cuff. He's spent the last five minutes giving MPs this history lesson about our country. And there's some applause.

19 Feb 15:03
Zuma is giving a history lesson about the Brits and Afrikaners and the battles that took place.

19 Feb 15:02
Zuma now giving MPs a very detailed history lesson...

19 Feb 15:01
Zuma:Wars happened, people were removed. It is written down, it's not me concocting it.

19 Feb 15:00
Zuma: It is history....when I said that Jan van Riebeeck landed here our problems began...it's a historic fact.

19 Feb 14:59
Now Zuma turns to THAT Jan van Riebeeck remark...

19 Feb 14:59
Zuma asks we all work together and stop finger pointing.

19 Feb 14:58
Zuma reassures the FF Plus's Pieter Mulder: No one is chasing Afrikaners away. I said South Africa belongs to all who live in it.

19 Feb 14:56
Zuma appears to have been rather nice to everyone... except Mmusi Maimane.

19 Feb 14:55
Zuma: we thank all South Africans that have helped in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

19 Feb 14:54
Zuma: we are implementing the National Health Insurance scheme through pilot projects across the country.

19 Feb 14:52
Zuma says of Mangosuthu Buthelezi: It's always good to have senior citizens around.

19 Feb 14:50
Zuma: I really commend Honourable Malema for dealing with the Sona properly and with respect.

19 Feb 14:49
Zuma says Rmaphosa will continue to lead the Nedlac talk on a national minimum wage.

19 Feb 14:49
Zuma: some new labour laws were coming into effect this year which will restrict the length of contract work.

19 Feb 14:48

Malema frowns as Zuma addresses the matter of labour.

Zuma: Some Labour Law amendments coming into effect this year....Honorable Malema raised concern over workers' conditions...

19 Feb 14:47
Zuma: An inclusive and scientific method will be used to assess situation in different commodities and localities.

19 Feb 14:47
Zuma: Food security will not be jeopardised.

19 Feb 14:46
Zuma: We are very conscious of the contribution by the country's hard working farmers...

19 Feb 14:45

19 Feb 14:44
Proposed land bill won't affect foreigners wanting to buy residential properties.

19 Feb 14:43
Zuma: I've also received emails from concerned members from public seeking clarity on this matter (land).

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