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2016-02-11 15:04

Lauren Hess, News24

LATEST: Angry protesters are facing off with riot police who have just been told by their commander to get their shotguns ready.

See updates from earlier today here

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2013 vs 2016 #SONApic.twitter.com/ciOPuzeYIW

— Zelda la Grange ? (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) February 11, 2016

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A woman has fainted at the protest. EMS is there but it doesn't appear too serious, says reporter Tammy Petersen.

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Protesters are trying to push back but more riot cops are being called in. Rocks and a glass bottle have been thrown by protesters.

15:48
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What do financial experts make of what's Zuma might say tonight?

Johan Gouws, head of Absa asset consultants says: The overarching theme of Sona is expected to once again be around creating a better life for all, which has been the mantra of government for some time. This “promise” has resulted in significant social pressure on government given the high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality that still exist. These matters, together with the poor municipal service delivery, will most likely feature strongly in the speech given the upcoming municipal elections later this year.


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A cop and some bystanders help a woman who had been pushed over.

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Riot cops in Cape Town's CBD.

15:43
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Meanwhile, glamorously dressed MPs have started arriving, reports Jenna Etheridge.

15:30
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Over 30 riot police just went down Barack street again following the protesters. Now the crowds are moving back and defiantly sticking their tongues out at cops.

15:26
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Cops have been told to get their shotguns ready. This seems to be getting increasingly volatile.

15:24
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This is bullshit, a woman tells the cops.

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Protesters just a few steps away from Parliament.

15:21
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Protesters being told by cops to move back to Grand Parade. They are now crowding Corporation Street, says News24's Tammy Petersen.

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Angry protesters have shouted words of fury and frustration at riot cops, with some referring to police officers' mothers' genitalia.

15:15
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Riot police with a water cannon are at the ready for protesters. News24 reporter Thulani Gqirana says protesters are running up Barrack Street not far from Parliament but police in nyalas are pushing them back.

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Protesters head toward Parliament from Keizersgracht Street in the east.

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President Jacob Zuma will deliver his State of the Nation address on Thursday under a cloud, writes News24 reporter Genevieve Quintal, after the Constitutional Court was asked to find that he violated the Constitution and his oath of office.

The president was seen to be weaker politically than ever before following Tuesday's Nkandla Constitutional Court matter.

"We can safely say he is much weaker than he was the day before he fired [Finance Minister Nhlanhla] Nene. There's no doubt about it and yesterday did not help. That kind of public humiliation did not help," political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said on Wednesday.

Judgment was reserved in the application by the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance to the Constitutional Court for an order that Zuma repay some of the R246m spent on his home in Nkandla.

In an about-turn last week, Zuma approached the Constitutional Court to ask that it order the Auditor General and finance minister to determine how much he owed for the non-security upgrades to Nkandla.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela however said only she could decide whether to change her recommendations, and, until this happened, Zuma had to abide by what she ordered.

The president appeared to have thrown some Cabinet ministers and the National Assembly under the bus during the proceedings.

Jeremy Gauntlett, for Zuma, said the president accepted that the ministers involved in the controversy be reprimanded, and that this should be part of the court’s order.


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At 19:00 President Jacob Zuma delivers his eighth State of the Nation address in the days and months after campaigns such as #ZumaMustFall and #FeesMustFall were launched as well as having the EFF and others going to the ConCourt over the Nkandla saga.

But before the president takes to the podium in the National Assembly, MPs and guests will make their way down the red carpet while protesters are expected to line the streets over various issues.

Earlier on Thursday, activists under the banner of the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement gathered in the CBD, while #ZumaMustFall protesters also had a relatively small march and students also held a protest over university fees.

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