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SAHRC disappointed by Zuma's Sona

The commission’s Isaac Mangena says what unfolded in Parliament was unacceptable.

President Jacob Zuma addressing a joint sitting of Parliament during the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town on 12 February 2015. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission says it's disappointed with the chaos that erupted during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona).

It has also called for a swift investigation into the jamming of the cell phone signal.

Thursday saw violent clashes between EFF MPs and security officials as well as a walkout by opposition parties including the DA and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa.

WATCH: Night of chaos at Sona 2015.

The commission's Isaac Mangena says what unfolded in Parliament was unacceptable.

"We are astonished and disappointed by the chaotic events during Sona."

The South African Editors' Forum (Sanef) says it wants to meet with National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete and President Jacob Zuma to discuss what appears to be an attempt to stifle media freedom in Parliament.

Sanef held its council meeting in Cape Town today and took several bold decisions, including going to court, to protect media freedom and the public's right to information.

Sanef chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela says, "We demand a meeting with the speaker and President Jacob Zuma as head of the executive, for a full explanation, an investigation and an assurance that the rights and freedoms of the media and the public shall not be violated again."

Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address (Sona) despite the violence and protests about the cell phone signal being cut.

LAND OWNERSHIP RESTRICTED FOR FOREIGNERS

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has confirmed foreign nationals will be classed as non-citizens and may not own any land after a new proposed law is passed.

Zuma announced the new measures during his Sona.

The land holdings bill will prohibit the foreign ownership of land in South Africa but foreigners may obtain a long term lease.

Yesterday the proposed law came under fire with some foreign nationals saying the move would incite more violence and discrimination.

Once the land holdings bill is passed by President Jacob Zuma, foreign nationals may only be entitled to a long term lease of land of between 30 and 50 years.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj says the bill will also limit the amount of land an individual may own to around 12,000 hectares.

"If any single individual owns above that limit, the government would buy the excess land and redistribute it."

However, Maharaj says foreigners can own land in a business capacity if the dominant shareholders of the enterprise are from abroad.

"Not all immigrants to South Africa will be excluded from land ownership."

Yesterday some foreign nationals said the fact that Zuma did not mention them in the Sona but only restricted their rights to land ownership shows that the government does not care about them.