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Zuma to respond to SONA debate

Zuma will today respond to debate on his SONA after 2 days of rigorous blasting from the opposition.

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

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma is due in Parliament this afternoon.

He will be replying to debate on his State of the Nation Address (SONA), which took place on Thursday last week.

The past two days have seen the president blasted in Parliament over unemployment, corruption, faltering service delivery and the more than R200 million spent on his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Members of his cabinet defended Zuma against opposition claims that under his watch South Africa slipped backwards.

The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Wilmot James had harsh words about the president's speech.

"He selectively told intellectually dishonest stories, written by what appears to be an advertising agency."

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba wasn't the only minister to unleash a stinging attack on the DA.

"We know all that they are against. They whine and winge about everything! But we have no clue what they are going on for."

All eyes will be on Zuma when he replies this afternoon.