The opposition to dissect President Zuma’s SONA
Opposition parties will have an opportunity to dissect President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address today. The National Assembly will convene over the next two days to debate the contents of the address before President Jacob Zuma responds on Thursday.
Last week’s state of the nation address started with opposition parties calling for a moment of silence for the deaths of psychiatric patients in Gauteng. The EFF also demanded to know whether MP’s were safe from parliament security before they were dramatically forced out of the national assembly.
The events led to most opposition MP’s walking out of the address. The EFF is expected to address the media today. They will not be part of the debate in parliament today because they were suspended from parliament for five days following their forced removal from the chambers last week.
A report into the chaos which erupted during the State of the address last week is also expected to be handed to presiding officers Baleka Mbete and Thandi Modise today.The report will detail a variety of elements including the extent of the damages caused by scuffles between parliamentary security and MPs at the SONA.
Political analyst Sanusha Naidoo believes National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, will have a tough time steering the discussion. She says opposition parties may use the platform to discuss the chaos that broke out before President Jacob Zuma’s address. Naidoo believes that this issue will most likely be integrated into questions MPs will ask.
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