#SonaDebate: Round 2 commences at 2pm

Zuma sat through a bruising 1st bout yesterday as opposition MPs mercilessly attacked his leadership.

A screengrab of President Jacob Zuma and parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete watching on during the 2016 State of the Nation debate on 16 February 2016.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties are set to square off again this afternoon for round two of the debate of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address.

Zuma sat through a bruising first bout yesterday as the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took advantage of his costly reshuffle of finance ministers and his U-turn on the Nkandla spending scandal.

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ANC speakers stopped short of mounting personal defences of Zuma, focusing instead - as his speech had done - on government's efforts to turn around the economy and avert a downgrade by international ratings agencies.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told Members of Parliament (MPs) Zuma had presented a solid road map and lashed out at the DA and EFF.

"This camp found nothing, saw nothing, heard nothing, learned nothing from Sona - this was exemplified by honourable Maimane and honourable Malema, who thankfully has left, the air is cleaner without them here."

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Opposition parties are expected to dish out more of the same when the debate continues this afternoon.

The president is set to reply tomorrow.