SONA debate heats up in Parliament

Cabinet ministers turned the tables on the DA when President Jacob Zuma’s address came under attack.

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

CAPE TOWN - Some cabinet ministers turned the tables on the Democratic Alliance (DA) during a debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament on Tuesday, where President Jacob Zuma came under attack by the opposition.

Unemployment, widespread protests and the Nkandla scandal were used as ammunition against Zuma.

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko went as far as to say she'll move for the president's impeachment if he is found guilty of wrongdoing in the Nkandla debacle, where more than R200 million was spent on his private KwaZulu-Natal residence.

But Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, hit back at the opposition, saying DA leaders have to explain the role of a donor in its failed merger with Agang SA.

"Is it true that the businessman in question is the largest private investor in a security company that has been involved in installing security features on the walls separating Israel from Palestine, a wall that has been denounced by the United Nations (UN). I think we need to know the answers to those questions."

Meanwhile, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)'s Leader, Kenneth Meshoe says the African National Congress (ANC) has become too comfortable in power.

"Members of the ruling party have become too comfortable and some of them have even become arrogant. I believe the time has come for members of this side to switch places and go that side."