JZ set for fresh round of Sona backlash

Opposition parties will continue to debate Zuma’s Sona today after he came under fire yesterday.

A screen grab of President Jacob Zuma laughing in Parliament as opposition leaders attack him during the Sona debate on 17 February 2015. Picture: YouTube

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma is set to face a fresh round of debate on his State of the Nation Address (Sona) this afternoon.

Opposition parties launched a sustained attack on him on Tuesday, accusing him of betraying former President Nelson Mandela's vision for the country, of using force to crush dissent and his government of stale ideas to meet the country's challenges.

African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) mounted a fierce defence of Zuma, who appeared relaxed and laughed as the opposition fired its salvos.

After a tense start, the debate unfolded with none of last week's drama, but the removal by police of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs and the president's response to it cast a long shadow.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Mmusi Maimane said, "You laughed while trampling on Madiba's legacy."

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The EFF's Julius Malema said, "You shall be known as the president hooligan because you use hooligan tactics to silence the opposition duly elected to represent aspirations of ordinary and poor South Africans."

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ANC MPs defended Zuma and the party as the only organisation capable of bringing change to all South Africans.

They'll be readying themselves to do fresh battle this afternoon.