Sona Debate: MPs take political swipes

It was another dramatic day in Parliament as politicians attacked each other for a second day.

EFF leader Julius Malema and DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane at the Sona debate on 18 June 2014. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Ministers have used day two of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate in Parliament to take political swipes at each other.

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday broadly sketched his administration's plans for the next five years.

Members of Parliament (MPs) were given the chance to respond but proceedings got off to a fiery start in Cape Town this afternoon.

African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Stone Sizani used his time on the podium to launch a salvo of criticism against the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane.

"The anointed leader of the DA in Parliament, who miraculously holds court now, has been imposed on the rest of them."

Sizani says the official opposition chooses its leaders according to quotas and that "token blacks" are appointed to senior positions.

"We do not parachute members into a leadership for window dressing and photo opportunities."

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Wednesday took a swipe at Maimane.

She called him a "hired native" who had been hand-picked to do the bidding for someone else.