SA economy to take centre stage at Sona debate

MPs will debate the president’s State of the Nation Address in Parliament over two days this week.

President Jacob Zuma sits down as he is interrupted trying to give his State of the Nation Address on 11 February 2016. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The state of the country's economy is again expected to take centre stage in Parliament this week when Members of Parliament (MPs) debate President Jacob Zuma's plan of action to ease the country's woes.

Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday after repeated interruptions and a walkout by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Congress of the People (Cope).

Zuma conceded South Africa would not achieve a growth target of five percent per year and acknowledged the risk the country faces of a potential downgrade by international ratings agencies.

Two days have been set aside this week for MPs to debate Zuma's plans to tackle the country's sluggish growth and cut wasteful government spending.

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Zuma's axing of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December is still a hot issue, with opposition MPs likely to blame the president for sending the rand into free fall when they take to the podium.

EFF MPs have been demanding an explanation.

Last week EFF leader Julius Malema warned Zuma will have a tough time whenever he is in Parliament.

"Every time Zuma appears in this Parliament, we are going to tell him he is not credible or legitimate."

The president will reply to the debate on Thursday.

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