Jump to navigation

Vol 56 No 4

Published 20th February 2015


South Africa

A rowdy state of the nation

President Zuma's vision of the road ahead failed to ignite passion. Only the chaos that descended on Parliament stood out

Despite fist fights and forcible expulsions from the chamber of the National Assembly, African National Congress officials insisted President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address on 12 February was a triumph. Many others saw only a lacklustre collection of vague assurances but it was its reception that made the headlines. Democratic Alliance members of parliament, dressed in black, staged a walkout in a mock funeral of democracy during the speech. Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) barracked Zuma, shouting 'When is the President going to pay back the money?', a reference to the public funds used to upgrade Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

End of preview - This article contains approximately 865 words.

End of preview

Subscribers: Log in now to read the complete article.

Account Holders: Log in now and use your Account Credit to buy this article. No Credit? Top up your Account now.


If you have a print subscription already, click here for a password that gives you full access to the website.

If you are logged in, but still cannot access the full text of this article, email customer services or telephone us on +44(0)1638 743633.