State of the Nation focus is on Malema - analyst

2015-02-12 07:56
EFF leader Julius Malema in the National Assembly. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

EFF leader Julius Malema in the National Assembly. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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It's SONA, not State of Nkandla - Maimane

2015-02-11 11:02

Mmusi Maimane fears disrupting the State of the Nation Address will not benefit South Africans.WATCH

Cape Town - All eyes will be on EFF leader Julius Malema at the State of the Nation address in Cape Town on Thursday evening - meaning he's already won the first round in his showdown with President Jacob Zuma.

Netwerk24 reported on Thursday that it will be the first State of the Nation address where the spotlight is not focused on the country's president.

Sapa reported that the opening of Parliament will be held amid tight security due to the EFF's repeated threats to disrupt proceedings by demanding that Zuma "pay back the money" for the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

Interrupting the address could be seen as Malema's revenge for being expelled from the ANC in 2012, according to Netwerk24.


Political analyst Justice Malala said that Malema had succeeded in setting the agenda for the evening, and for this reason it could be the most watched State of the Nation address ever. Malala added it is unlikely that even former president Nelson Mandela's first address in Parliament in 1994 would have drawn so much interest from ordinary people.

The spotlight will be on Malema and the EFF and that's exactly what Malema wants, Malala said.

The ANC will try and focus on its glory days and remember the 25th anniversary of Mandela's release from prison, but the contrast between Mandela and Zuma will be heightened, and Malema is out to embarrass Zuma, according to Malala.

Meanwhile, DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane says Zuma and Malema are holding Parliament and the country to ransom, adding there will be a showdown between two thugs, or a family feud between father and son. The DA will not be party to the disruption of proceedings, he added.

- For more on the State of the Nation 2015, click here.

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