Heated Sona debate on the cards

President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Lerato Maduna

“We can expect Lekota and Julius Malema to continue where they left off last Thursday.”-Duvenhage

South Africans can expect a heated State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate on Tuesday, according to political analyst, Andre Duvenhage.

Speaking to The Citizen on Monday morning, Duvenhage said to a certain extend, there is also likely to be continuation of last week Thursday’s Sona by President Jacob Zuma where he was disrupted.

During the Sona, it was Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosioua Lekota who first said Zuma was not honourable before walking out.

It took the President about an hour before he could really address the nation due to continuous disruptions by members from the EFF, who were later asked to leave the National Assembly (NA).

“We can expect Lekota and Julius Malema to continue where they left off last Thursday, but they will limit themselves, just so they are not forcefully removed.

“The DA on the other hand, will use a more systematic, legal and procedural approach to the debate,” he said.

How the response from ANC MPs in defence of Zuma, will according to Duvenhage be very interesting amid rumours that there are conflicts within the ruling party, particularly around the Nkandla matter.

He said it will also be interesting to see how Zuma himself reacts to criticism, as he seems to be a “lonely” man at the moment.

Meanwhile Cope spokesperson, Dennis Bloem said they are still going to tell Zuma that he is not honourable on Tuesday.

“We are going to tell him that he can no longer be called President because he broke his oath of office, and we just don’t want to listen to him anymore,” Bloem said.

The DA’s Mabine Seabe said party MPs will be “very” hard on the President.

“Our focus will mainly be on the worrying issue of unemployment, which the President, is in the main to blame for.

“The ANC benches must also account for this situation and many other equally important issues facing South Africa,” said Seabe.

In the previous Sona debate, DA leader Mmusi Maimane called Zuma a broken man who was presiding over a broken country.

The EFF was not immediately available for comment.

During his Sona, Zuma focus mainly on the economy, something which was welcomed by the banking sector.

However, the President was criticised for not talking about the drought in the wake of a series of heatwaves that have gripped several parts of the country since the start of the summer season.

To date, five provinces in North West, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, have been declared distater-drought areas in the country.-stevent@citizen.co.za

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