SONA 2017: Zuma calm ahead of the storm
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 09, 2017,
Feb 09, 2017, 21:03
As expected, the State of the Nation Address (Sona) was delayed as members of the opposition parties addressed the issue of the South African Police Service being part of parliamentary security.
Since the radical left wing Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) won seats in parliament at 2014 elections, Zuma's speech to open parliament has been a chaotic affair with EFF lawmakers chanting and jeering at the president over corruption scandals.
Pityana‚ in an address‚ called Zuma a limping president who was not trusted by his own party.
Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota sided with the EFF on the matter.
Zuma subsequently paid back R7.8 million of the R246 million upgrades after a damning Constitutional Court judgment in March past year that found he had failed to uphold his oath of office by protecting the country's public resources.
The National Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, reprimanded the unruly MPs.
The EFF has since labelled Zuma a "constitutional delinquent" and incessantly gunned for him when he appeared in parliament on previous occasions.
Zuma said he is "calm" ahead of his address as he does not "give into pressure" on 947 radio station this morning. "You are irrational, impatient, partisan".
Chief Whip Narend Singh, tells DRUM the EFF will also host a crowd of supporters outside Parliament during the Sona in an attempt to deviate attention from the ANC.
It appears the concern is shared by other ANC national executive committee members.
"I welcome the finding of the court that it was legally permissible for me to enquire into the correctness of aspects of the report that I may disagree with", he said.