Making news this afternoon: 17 February 2015
OPPOSITION PARTIES CRITICISE ZUMA DURING SONA DEBATE
The first day of the State of the Nation Address debate started on a fiery note with opposition taking turns to criticise the ruling party and President Jacob Zuma.
Opposition parties criticised President Jacob Zuma for making light of Thursday’s incident, in which EFF MP’S were removed from the National Assembly by police officers.
Reflecting on the President’s State of the Nation Address in parliament last week Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said that while life in South Africa is much better than it was during the apartheid era, the country needs to hold itself to a higher standard, as it can do so much better.
He added that the reason the country is not moving forward is that South Africans have allowed Zuma to get away with too much for too long.
Maimane accused Zuma of being a broken man who is presiding over a broken society.
EFF leader Julius Malema did not mince his words when he attacked the presidents style of leadership.
Here’s what the IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi had to say.
SUSPENDED EFF MP’S LAUNCH CAMPAIGN
Four members of the Economic Freedom Fighters have launched a campaign called “Save the soul of the EFF”.
This follows the suspension of EFF members Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Tshabalala.
Khanyisile Tshabalala told reporters in Sandton the campaign was launched because their leaders are at the centre of eroding the identity of the EFF.
Litchfield-Tshabalala was joined by fellow MP’s Andile Mngxitama, Lucky Twala, and Mpho Ramakatsa.
They accused both leaders of living beyond their means and using the party’s credit card for purchases such as expensive alcohol, clothes and cars.
Litchfield-Tshabalala says they cannot allow the movement’s soul to be destroyed by behaviours imported from the ANC.
JOURNALISTIC ETHICS COME TO LIGHT FOLLOWING MBEKI’S DISTORTION CLAIMS
Former President Thabo Mbeki is not on strong bounds to attack journalist David Smith for defending himself against “distorted” remarks Mbeki made.
This is according to Professor of Journalism at Wits Anton Harber, while touching on issues of Journalism ethics.
Mbeki expressed concern over the chaos that de-generated in Parliament during the address in a talk he gave to students at the African Leadership Institute in Pretoria on Friday.
Smith is accused of distorting the words of Mbeki, when the former president was asked on his view of what President Zuma should have done, when the EFF demanded he answer on when he will repay the money used ion the Nkandla upgrades.
Smith says he had no choice but to protect himself as a journalist
NIGER POLICE ARREST 160 SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM MILITANTS
Authorities in the landlocked African nation of Niger have arrested 160 suspected Boko Haram militants allegedly involved in deadly attacks near that country’s border with Nigeria.
The CNN reports that the arrests happened over the last two days in Niger’s Diffa region, which borders Nigeria.
Meanwhile Cameroon is holding hundreds of suspected Boko Haram militants in prisons in its Far North Region.
Two Cameroon security sources said more than 1,000 alleged terrorists are in custody.