14/02/2017 13:46 SAST | Updated 10/04/2017 11:01 SAST

Live: Debate On The State Of The Nation Address

Jeff Radebe, minister in the presidency, will be the first speaker at 2pm, followed by the leader of the opposition, Mmusi Maimane.

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Parliament has been defiled, assaulted and violated. And now it has to host the debate on the State of the Nation Address (Sona) that President Jacob Zuma delivered last week. "Yes, we should be worried about the functioning of the legislature," says political analyst Ralph Mathekga. "Robust debate in the legislature is good and necessary, but surely there must be a line which we must not cross?"

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The full speaker's list for this afternoon's proceedings:

Pieter du Toit


There is no doubt that security is much tighter than in the past. The National Assembly was kept off-limits until a few minutes ago. There are more than the usual number of police around the hallways and what seems to be a number of the so-called "white shirts" around.


Parliament was thrown into disarray last week when Zuma was prevented to address the House for more than 75 minutes. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were eventually thrown out.


Good afternoon from the press gallery in the National Assembly. The debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address will start at 14:00