“Interrupting SONA would only protect Zuma” - DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed concern that threats by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to disrupt President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) this coming Thursday, would only protect him from addressing the country’s escalating unemployment rate and sagging economy.

“Ignoring the rules and disrupting the day’s proceedings or the unconstitutional deployment of public order police and signal jammers as seen in previous years simply erodes Parliament’s capacity to fulfil its mandate, will only protect President Zuma,” DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said in a statement.

“Considering the numerous social and economic crises crippling our country’s growth the President must be held accountable for the true state of nation, and the DA will not be party to any disruptions that will rob South Africans of this opportunity”.

Last week, EFF leader Julius Malema said Zuma would be sharing his SONA with them if he does not provide an explanation upfront for firing Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister in December last year.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has meanwhile reaffirmed that Parliament is ready to Zuma, and that it would implement every measure to make sure proceedings do not turn into a repeat of last year’s chaos.