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SONA debate: Ministers defend Zuma

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu's had his hands full during SONA debate.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma addresses Parliament during the 2014 State of the Nation Address. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet ministers on Thursday defended President Jacob Zuma's five years in office and criticised the Democratic Alliance (DA) for being negative about what the country achieved over the past two decades.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu's had his hands full during the second and final debate on the president's State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Zuma is set to respond on Thursday afternoon.

DA Members of Parliament (MPs) accused Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu of misleading the National Assembly when she suggested Western Cape Premier Helen Zille was out of her depth and running a failed province.

Sisulu had to repeatedly intervene.

The Independent Democrats (ID)'s Lance Greyling attacked Zuma's good story about infrastructure spending.

"This government has only spent 76 percent of that budget. This means that not only is Zuma's ANC's failing to address our R1,5 trillion infrastructure backlog, but they are in fact growing it."