JZ to respond to Sona debate today

After two days of fractious debate on his Sona, the president will this afternoon respond in Parliament.

President Jacob Zuma in Parliament during the Sona debate on 17 February 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma will this afternoon respond to the two day debate which resulted in scathing attacks on him and his State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Zuma came under heavy fire from opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) during two days of heated debate marked by vitriolic exchanges.

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The president has spent the past two days listening to the debate, at times chuckling at the criticism from opposition MPs.

African National Congress (ANC) Parliamentarians were quick to defend him.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha accused Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) MPs of forming an unholy alliance to achieve anarchy in Parliament.

"I am questioning the constitutionality and legitimacy of calling security services, for example, in this house and a sanctioning of presiding officers to keep the peace and order."

Last Thursday, EFF leader Julius Malema and his Parliamentary caucus were dragged out of the chamber by police in plain clothes during the president's Sona.

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