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#Sona2017: Civic organisations call for better governance

Speakers at Save SA’s ‘real Sona’ event reiterated a call for better leadership and for President Zuma to stick to promises made in previous addresses.

Save SA convenor Sipho Pityana. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Several civic groups are supporting Save SA's call for better governance in South Africa.

Earlier on Wednesday, Save SA presented what it calls a "Real State of the Nation Address" ahead of President Jacob Zuma's speech in Parliament on Thursday.

One of the group's founders, Sipho Pityana, told a crowd at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, this should be President Zuma's last State of the Nation Address.

Representatives from Section 27, Sonke Gender Justice and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) attended the Save SA event.

Speakers all reiterated a call for better leadership and for President Jacob Zuma to stick to promises made in previous addresses.

The TAC's acting provincial manager, Michael Hamnca, supports the call for corruption-free leaders in government.

“Individuals are the beneficiaries, that’s why they are protecting the president. For us, it’s now to call on South Africans to be active citizens to raise their voices and not be loyal to the political party that brought democracy.”

But not all Save SA supporters were happy with Pityana insulting Zuma with some chasing him away after the event.

WATCH: Angry protesters chase off Save SA campaigner Sipho Pityana

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)