Parly wrap: Day 2 of the Sona debate

It's been a day of personal attacks, a call for the DA to pay back the money and passing the buck on Eskom.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bheki Cele. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deeply personal attacks, a call for the DA to pay back the money and a plea to end scapegoat politics marked day two of the State of the Nation (Sona) debate in Parliament on Wednesday.

Human Settlements Minister Nocawe Mafu launched a scathing attack on the Democratic Alliance (DA), accusing the party of misappropriating money in the Western Cape.

She said misused finances included tenders and public funds and insisted the DA answer questions about people living in containers. She drew attention to the Filcon scandal that left millions of rands worth of construction work for the City of Cape Town in jeopardy last year.

"Let me unpack the joke that is the DA, they handed numerous tenders worth R400 million to Filcon."

The DA responded by firing shots at the president.

Da MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said, "During his term we've seen the Scorpions crushed, the Hawks plucked and Sars perjured. Mr President, powerless anti-corruption units aren't anti-corruption units at all, but you have 783 good reasons for that, don't you?"

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MPs continued to take personal swipes at one another.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Bheki Cele, personally attacked DA MP, John Steenhuisen, saying he should tell Parliament why he left the eThekwini municipality.

Steenhuisen's extra-marital affair in KwaZulu-Natal made headlines in 2010. He later tweeted that he left because he was elected to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature in 2009 to become the DA's leader there.

Freedom Front Plus's Pieter Mulder used his time on the podium to criticize what he called the president's "scapegoat politics".


Political parties also took the opportunity to blame each other for the energy crisis.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown told the house load shedding was hard but insisted there was no crisis.

"Technically that is referred to as the reserve margin and, globally, 15 percent is an acceptable level."

While she tried to deliver her speech saying government was procuring more electricity, the DA tried to interrupt her. Brown then lashed out at the DA.

"Why is the DA so angry? You didn't win the election, you don't run the country and you got less than 30 percent."

The ANC's Daphne Rantho also downplayed Eskom's power grid crisis.

"Some sections of the media are hell-bent on seeing our country fail and we are confident the government is in control of the current electricity challenge."

The DA's Lance Greyling responded.

"Responsibility for the energy crisis rests solely with the ANC. It's a dire threat to our economy."

Brown added that Majuba Power Station was almost fully online and was able to provide full power during peak hours.

Eskom has experienced problems since a silo collapsed at the power station in Mpumalanga late last year. This has resulted in regular blackouts.

"Eskom has carried out emergency repairs at the Majuba Power Station. Majuba can now provide full power and an average of 85 percent power during the day."

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