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#SONA2017 (Updates of evening) What happened, when it happened and what was said


 Zuma looks to land as means of transformation

PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – After calling for greater black business ownership, President Jacob Zuma set out the transfer of more land to black South Africans as another key priority in his state of the nation address.

“We will not achieve true reconciliation until the land issue is resolved,” Zuma said in his address, after the Economic Freedom Fighters MPs were dragged out of the National Assembly in the worst violence seen since the party began challenging his legitimacy.

Zuma quoted known figures confirming that only eight million hectares of the country’s 82 million hectares of arable land had been transferred to black owners.

He urged beneficiaries to retain land instead of opting for financial compensation, saying it was regrettable that black involvement in farming had declined sharply last year, with their retreat from the land conceivably hastened by the drought afflicting the country.

“We appeal to land claimants to accept land instead of financial compensation. This is very important,” he stressed.

“If you accept finance you use it in short time, it is gone, it is important that you remain with the land, not the money.”

He added that perhaps it was a failure when the post-democratic government initiated land reform, to give claimants the option to choose compensation.

Zuma added that he had referred the Expropriation Bill, passed by the National Assembly last year, back to Parliament, saying it would not pass constitutional muster.

“This is due to inadequate public participation during its processing.
We trust that Parliament will be able to move with speed in meeting the requirements so that the law can be finalised to effect transformation.

– African News Agency (ANA)

 Fighting crime my priority: Zuma

CAPE TOWN, February 9 (ANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Thursday vowed that the fight against crime was an apex priority of his government.

“The fight against crime is an apex priority. The police will increase visible policing, building on the successful pattern of deployments utilised during the safer festive season campaign,” Zuma said while delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“They (police) will also utilise certain specialised capabilities, such as the tactical response team and the national intervention unit, to assist in addressing problematic high-crime areas. We received a message from Soshanguve last week that crime is rife in Block L and that hijackings and robberies are high. It is such communities that need to build stronger partnerships with the police to ensure that criminals do not prey on residents.”

Zuma said other measures to fight crime nationally will include the establishment of specialised units, focusing on drug-related crime, taxi violence and firearms. He also punted the enhanced utilisation of investigative aids such as forensic leads.

“The police will also enhance the utilisation of the DNA Database in the identification of suspects. We urge the public to work with the police to ensure safer communities,” said Zuma.

“We welcome the decline in rhino poaching incidents since October 2015 which is for the first time in a decade. This arises from intensive joint operations by law enforcement agencies. One of the strategies of fighting crime is to ensure that those who are released from prison do not commit crime again.”

The president said the correctional services department is working continuously to turn South Africa prisons into correctional centres through offering various services and skills.

“As a result, compliance levels with parole and probation conditions have improved to reach a historic mark of 98 percent. The country has also made good progress in reducing the numbers of children in correctional centres,” said Zuma.

– African News Agency (ANA)


Zuma unhappy with pace of transformation in the workplace

CAPE TOWN, February 9 (ANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Thursday expressed unhappiness at the pace of transformation in the workplace, saying that government wanted to open up the economy to new players.

During the State of the Nation Address, Zuma said it was now time for black people to begin owning and playing a meaningful role in the country’s big industries instead of benefiting from empowerment schemes.

“Radical economic transformation should move beyond share economic schemes only. We would like to see black people involved directly in business, owning factories. The development of the Black Industrialists programme is thus critical,” Zuma said.

“Only 10 percent of Top 100 companies on the JSE are black-owned. The pace of transformation in the workplace remains slow.”

Zuma said government was trying to quicken the pace of transformation in the economy through various programmes aimed at benefiting small, micro, and medium enterprises (SMMEs), especially black-owned and female-owned enterprises.

He said government was actively involved in the R7 trillion property sector, adding that this year government would address increasing delays and backlogs in issuing of title deeds.

Zuma also said this year, the Department of Public Works would invest R100m on critical programmes to modernise harbours and continue generating revenue from letting state-owned harbours and coastlines properties, which would benefit black owned SMMEs.

Zuma said government would also continue to pursue policies that seek to broaden the participation of black people and SMMEs, including those owned by women and the youth, in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector.

– African News Agency (ANA)


 Legislative changes coming to deal with market domination

PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – A processs to amend the Competition Act is set to start this year so government can deal with market concentration, which is crowding out small businesses, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

“Two key challenges we face is the high levels of concentration in the economy as well as the collusion and cartels, which squeeze out small players and hamper the entry of young entrepreneurs and black industrialists,” Zuma said while delivering his 2017 state of the nation address.

Zuma said while much had been done to deal with cartel behaviour, including the criminalisation of collusion which carries a 10 year jail sentence, there are still sectors where a small group of people control most of the market.

“During this year, the Department of Economic Development will bring legislation to Cabinet that will seek to amend the Competition Act,” he said.

“It will among others address the need to have a more inclusive economy and to de-concentrate the high levels of ownership and control we see in many sectors. We will then table the legislation for consideration by parliament.”

– African News Agency (ANA)


21:10 / 9 FEB 2017

We will meet you in court, says DA’s Maimane

CAPE TOWN, February 9 (ANA) – Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane on Thursday pledged that he would approach courts, after the joint sitting of Parliament for President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address descended into chaos and fistfights.

“The Constitution of this Republic makes it clear that the army and the police cannot enter this chamber. Inside there, they pulled teargas, and they protected Jacob Zuma using the military and police. It has become quite clear that Parliament is now a broken institution and that (Speaker) Baleka Mbete is simply there to protect Jacob Zuma,” Maimane said, addressingd local and international journalists outside Parliament.

“We will be in court tomorrow applying for a review application. Let us stand up for the Constitution of the Republic.”

Maimane said he would not be part of a Parliament which had been militarised.

“There was teargas in the gallery where all our guests were. Teargas was deployed in the gallery of Parliament. This is a serious matter which violates the very essence of our Constitution. It can’t be,” said Maimane.

Maimane then intervened as public order policing members, behind shields, pushed against hordes of news journalists who were interviewing him.

“Please open the way for the press. We have agreed that the members of the press can go through. Please allow the press to move freely. You don’t need to be doing this,” Maimane appealed.

– African News Agency (ANA)


 Zuma says law changes on the cards following Esidimeni deaths

PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Thursday said he had ordered Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to speedily implement the health ombudsman’s recommendations following the death of 94 psychiatric patients in Gauteng.

“I’ve instructed the minister of health to ensure that the health ombudsperson’s recommendations are wholly and speedily implemented without any reservations,” Zuma said while delivering his state of the nation address (Sona).

“We welcomed the recommendation…that there is an urgent need to review the National Health Act of 2003 and the Mental Health Act of 2002 with a view that certain powers and functions revert back to the national minister of health.”

Zuma said government was intent on providing support to the families of the deceased.

His comments came after Speaker Baleka Mbete refused a request by the Democratic Alliance (DA) for a minute of silence for the 94 patients who died after they were transferred from Life Esidimeni to unlicensed facilities in Gauteng.

The DA MPs waved their flags, bearing the words “Remember the Esidimeni 94”.

– African News Agency (ANA)


This is a police state – Steenhuisen of DA

PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – President Jacob Zuma has turned South Africa into a police state, Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen charged on Thursday night, after the Economic Freedom Fighters’ MPs were dragged out of the National Assembly.

After the DA left the National Assembly, leaving Zuma to finally deliver his speech to a half empty chamber, Steenhuisen said South Africans would rise against him for returning to apartheid era security tactics.

“President Jacob Zuma had led this country into a police state. We saw what PW Botha did in the 1980s when he turned the security forces on the citizens of the country. The people rose against them and they will rise against Zuma.”

Steenhuisen said even if the DA felt the EFF “took it bit too far” when they heckled and interjected for more than an hour, the use of force was excessive and the deployment of military and riot police in Parliament was wholly unlawful.

“It was not commensurate, the level of violence and damage does not belong in a constitutional democracy.”

Fellow DA MP Gavin Davis said he was shocked to see security men kick EFF women who had fallen to the ground.

“It was sickening.”

– African News Agency (ANA)


Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane addresses media after his party walked out of Parliament on Thursday night following violence which erupted in the National Assembly. VIDEO: ANA

Maimane speaks out against Zuma

CAPE TOWN, February 9 (ANA) – Democratic Alliance MPs, led by party leader Mmusi Maimane walked out of the National Assembly on Thursday, shortly before President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address, and moments after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs were violently ejected from the chamber.

“I think without doubt, this Parliament has become colonised by the executive. Jacob Zuma is now using stun grenades, tear gas, [and] the military to defend the person who has violated the Constitution. And now, the speakers of Parliament have also been co-opted in destroying the Constitution of the Republic,” Maimane said outside.

“In which world do we allow, as I have always argued the case to say the police and the defence cannot come into this precinct. This is the people’s Parliament. If we don’t have a Constitution to stand for, what exactly are we standing for?”

Before leaving the National Assembly, Maimane had raised a point of order saying that it was unconstitutional that teargas was used in the public gallery.

EFF MPs were earlier forcefully and physically removed by Parliament’s security services.

Speaking outside, Maimane said it had become “unsafe” to sit in chamber after security used teargas inside.

“We can’t allow for the executive to encroach on Parliament in that manner.”

– African News Agency (ANA)


 Zuma says interaction between government, labour and business is fruitful

CAPE TOWN, February 9 (ANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Thursday lauded social partners in government, labour and the business fraternity, saying that their partnership had worked well for the country last year.

Delivering his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday evening, Zuma declared 2017 as “the year of unity in action” and said this was the year government would be implementing it plans.

“We were able to address some domestic challenges together. We successfully avoided credit ratings downgrade which would have negatively affected our economy,” Zuma said.

“While global economic environment remains uncertain, we have entered economic recovery. We anticipate an economic growth of 1.3 percent in 2017. However the economy is still not growing fast enough to create more jobs that we need.”

Zuma said that the government’s 9-Point Plan would deal with creating jobs and opportunities in certain focus areas such as industrialisation, mining, agriculture, agro-process, and others.

He said the labour market was showing signs of stabilising and commended the manner in which social partners carried themselves during wage negotiations in platinum sector and at National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) during the signing of national minimum wage.

“We congratulate the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the team at NEDLAC for this milestone and wish them well for work still ahead,” Zuma said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

President #Zuma extends condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the #LifeEsidemeni tragedy #SONA17 #StateOfTheNation

— Weekly Xposé (@WeeklyXpose) February 9, 2017


Violence erupted in the National Assembly when Parliament’s protection services (white shirts) were ordered to remove Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema during the State of the Nation on Thursday night. ALL PHOTOS AND VIDEO: ANA

EFF vows to fight in courts but on the ground

CAPE TOWN, February 9 (ANA) – Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on Thursday vowed that he would not approach the courts after members of his political party were forcefully removed from the joint sitting of Parliament for President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address.

“This is a political battle. We will fight it on the ground. No, we will not be going to court,” Malema said, addressing local and international journalists outside Parliament on Thursday night.

“I am injured, I’m not sure how I can be able to hold the pen tomorrow. Our people are injured,” Malema said shortly after violence erupted in the National Assembly when Parliament’s protection services were ordered to remove Malema.

– African News Agency (ANA)


ANN7 tweets EFF fight in parliament:


DA reaction:


EFF fights back as they are forced out of parliament 
PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – The Economic Freedom Fighters fought back as security men dragged them from the National Assembly on Thursday, some MPs using their trademark hard hats to hit them through the face.

As the violence erupted, President Jacob Zuma could be seen laughing. The EFF had for an hour prevented Zuma from delivering his tenth state of the nation address.

Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen stood up to challenge Mbete on allowing security forces into Parliament, in a violation of the law and court orders.

“You are breaking Parliament. That man has broken South Africa and you are breaking Parliament,” Steenhuisen charged.

At this, Steenhuisen was shouted down from the ruling party benches as a “racist”.

The DA then proceeded to leave the National Assembly.

– African News Agency (ANA)


President Jacob Zuma says “finally” at 8.20pm as he resumes his speech after EFF forced out and DA walks out.


DA’s Steenhuisen makes allegations that tear gas has been used


Parliamentary Protection Services remove EFF. Parliament erupts in violence.


 PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – Speaker Baleka Mbete ordered Econonic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema out of the National Assembly on Thursday after his party refused to allow President Jacob Zuma to deliver his state of the nation address.

Malema said he would leave but directed a tirade at the speaker, as riot police approached the Poorthuis entrance to Parliament.

“You are irrational, you are impatient, you are partisan, even your own people have dumped you because of exactly this conduct,” Malema shouted.

– African News Agency (ANA)


 

PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – The Economic Freedom Fighters first delayed, then drowned out President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address, drawing a warning from Speaker Baleka Mbete that they were “abusing all of us”.

“We are not going to sit here the whole night listening to you raising points of order … we have ruled and we are not intending to waste endless time because you have a right to raise a point of order,” she said.

Zuma had begun his speech by welcoming the chief justice, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other dignitaries but was barely audible as the EFF clamoured to raise points of order.

EFF leader Julius Malema claimed that 21 police officers had been disguised as parliamentary security personnel and armed with cable ties and “biological weapons” to attack the party.

His deputy Floyd Shivambu demanded an undertaking that the EFF would be treated fairly and “we are not going to have SAPS invading the House, violating the Constitution”.

But Mbete said she could not act on “hearsay”.

“It should not be a rumour because it came from an opposition [MP],” Malema retorted.

“We are raising a simple matter that this cable tie, we took it from a security guy outside and all of us should enjoy your protection. A caring speaker who is concerned about all members of Parliament and their safety.”

From there it was downhill as EFF MP Godrich Gardee rose to remind the joint sitting that the Constitutional Court had, in the Nkandla case, found that Zuma had flouted the law.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu stood up to defend Zuma against what he termed a “frivolous” motion.

“This Parliament has decided not to remove the president on the basis of what the honourable member is raising today, it was put to the house, the motion was defeated by the house. We cannot go back.”

Malema made a counter point and was soon shouting at the chairwoman of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise, after she said he was not raising a point of order.

“What was Jackson’s point? What was Jackson’s point? We are all equal here… the point that the majority voted against the Nkandla report does not make the majority,” he said.

“Mr Zuma has collapsed his own right to address us here.”

Turning to the president, he said: “Your problem is not outside. Your problem is in here.”

After Zuma started speaking, and Mbete issued her warning, EFF MP Mbuyseni Ndlozi rose undeterred and demanded Zuma leave.

“But Mr Zuma is a constitutional delinquent.”

At this Modise asked the EFF to sit down or leave the chamber.

– African News Agency (ANA)


CAPE TOWN, February 9 (ANA) – Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota on Thursday called President Jacob Zuma “a scoundrel” who cannot be allowed to address the joint sitting of Parliament.

“Madam Speaker, in English he is called a scoundrel. In our mother tongue he is called ‘lemenemene’. Now, we cannot hold lemenemene as a role model that the youth of our country must follow and emulate,” the former defence minister shouted in Parliament as Zuma had started delivering his much-awaited state of the nation address.

Presiding Officer, Chair of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise disregarded Lekota’s motion.

Moments later, Cope parliamentarian Willie Madisha rose, and told Modise that she was “out of order”.

Modise repeatedly asked Madisha to sit down. The Cope continued to speak until the sound of his microphone was cut off.

The presiding officer then called parliamentary protection services to remove Madisha from the house. Madisha was quickly taken out of the house.

– African News Agency (ANA)

NCOP Chairperson Thandi Modise asks all those MPs who are not interested in the proceedings to “please leave the house”. Modise asks protection services to remove Willie Madisha of COPE to leave the House.


EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi asks Zuma to “please leave, you are a delinquent”, and “There are two guys in military uniforms standing by the door. They must go.”


DA’s Mmusi Maimane asks that the House debates joblessness and constitution that has been violated.


EFF’s Julius Malema makes accusations that if MPs are booted out of Parliament ‘biological weapons’ will be injected into them.


PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – The Economic Freedom Fighters on Thursday sought to prevent President Jacob Zuma from delivering his state of the nation address, raising numerous point of orders and requests, including that they be protected from police ready to attack them with cable ties and “biological weapons”.

EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu demanded Speaker Baleka Mbete give an undertaking that the EFF would be treated fairly and “we are not going to have SAPS invading the House, violating the Constitution”.

EFF leader Julius Malema insisted that the party had confiscated a cable tie from a member of the security services, and added “people are going to be injected with biological weapons”.

But Mbete said she could not act on “hearsay”.

“It should not be a rumour because it came from an opposition [MP],” Malema retorted.

“We are raising a simple matter that this cable tie, we took it from a security guy outside and all of us should enjoy your protection. A caring speaker who is concerned about all members of Parliament and their safety.”

From there it was downhill as EFF MP Godrich Gardee rose to remind the joint sitting that the Constitutional Court had, in the Nkandla case, found that Zuma had flouted the law.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu stood up to defend Zuma against what he termed a “frivolous” motion.

“This Parliament has decided not to remove the president on the basis of what the honourable member is raising today, it was put to the house, the motion was defeated by the house. We cannot go back.”

Malema made a counter point and was soon shouting at the chairwoman of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise, after she said he was not raising a point of order.

“What was Jackson’s point? What was Jackson’s point? We are all equal here… the point that the majority voted against the Nkandla report does not make the majority,” he said.

“Mr Zuma has collapsed his own right to address us here.”

– African News Agency (ANA)


DA asks for moment of silence in honour of those who died in the Life Esidimeni scandal.


Zuma asked to sit down shortly after starting to speak as opposition parties rise on various points of order.


7.19pm: President walks up to podium to begin his SONA address.


PARLIAMENT, February 9 (ANA) – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs shouted “Tsoti”, the isiXhosa word for thief, as President Jacob Zuma entered the National Assembly chamber on Thursday, for his state of the nation address.

However, African National Congress MPs, who were in the majority, drowned out the opposition MPs chants by shouting ANC loudly.

Zuma ignored the EFF and shook hands of MPs as he entered along with Speaker Baleka Mbete.

– African News Agency (ANA)

President Jacob Zuma enters Parliament with Speaker:

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