Security tight ahead of Zuma address

Security has been beefed up around Parliament ahead of the State of the Nation Address.

Rolling out the red carpet for the State of the Nation Address on 14 February 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Security is tight at the parliamentary precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver his address at 7pm.

Authorities have spent much of this week fine tuning security.

Several roads have been cordoned off, fencing line a number of streets, with police on foot, diligently patrolling the area around Parliament.

At the main entrance, all bags are given a once over by sniffer dogs before people are forced to pass through metal detectors.

All rubbish bins have been removed from streets; police believe they could be used to plant explosives.

Meanwhile, some Parliamentarians have started arriving for the president's address.

Zuma is expected to focus on unemployment, sexual violence, housing and the challenges facing the education sector.

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