CAPE TOWN — Members of parliament will continue to debate President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Wednesday afternoon.
While the first day of the debate on Tuesday afternoon saw none of the chaos that overshadowed last week’s SONA, MPs did heckle and raise several points of order.
Opposition MPs criticised Zuma and the ANC-led government for failing to deliver on their promises.
National Speaker Baleka Mbete kick-started proceedings by requesting members to observe a moment of silence for the Life Esidimeni 94, the very thing she blocked during SONA when it was requested by the DA.
Listen to Power News Katekani Makhubele’s roundup of Day One’s proceedings:
EFF MISSING FROM PARLIAMENT
The EFF has vowed to continue with its battle to have President Jacob Zuma removed as head of state.
EFF members did not take part in the debate as they were suspended from Parliament for five working days, after their violent ejection from the house during SONA.
During a press conference on Tuesday, the party slammed the man-handling of its members by Parliament’s security officers.
EFF leader Julius Malema said the party will approach the Constitutional Court, demanding Speaker Baleka Mbete to take action against Zuma following findings by the same court that he violated the Constitution over the Nkandla matter.
Listen to Power News journalist Siviwe Feketha’s report on what else the EFF had to say: