Opposition parties attack Zuma's leadership

The gloves came off in Parliament as political parties debated President Jacob Zuma's SONA.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma answers a question from the DA's Lindiwe Mazibuko in Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The gloves came off in Parliament as political parties debated President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Tuesday.

He delivered his address last Thursday.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande kicked off the debate.

"Honourable members. All in all as the president has said, we have a good story to tell."

Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko did not immediately disagree.

But she then laid into Zuma, blaming the stalled economy on his "vague" leadership.

She also asked how the president could be believed when promising to deal with corruption.

"How can he, when the R200 million upgrade of his private residence at Nkandla is the gold standard for corruption?"

More attacks came from Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

The debate continues on Wednesday afternoon.

Zuma will reply on Thursday.