SONA: Limited room to manoeuvre

Security is tight around Parliament ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma will take to the podium on Thursday night to deliver his sixth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The parliamentary precinct in Cape Town and surrounding streets will be on lockdown ahead of the address.

The president is expected to start his speech at around 7pm.

Zuma has limited room to manoeuvre.

With elections less than three months away, the president may use SONA for a little campaigning.

But the political winds of change that brought him into power in 2009 gave way to the global economic storm that's left South Africa's economy faltering.

The country's sluggish economy has been unable to create the millions of jobs promised.

Corruption and incompetence have also eroded public trust and patience.

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