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Fist fights, swearing, pepper spray at SONA 2017- Twitter reacts

February 10, 2017 • Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories

Chaotic scenes at the SONA 2017.

Chaotic scenes at the SONA 2017.

Last night, 9th of February,  the annual State of the Nation Address by South African President, Jacob Zuma, took place in Cape Town. The event was shrouded in controversy as Zuma had deployed 441 South African National Defence Force members and 5000 police officers around the parliamentary precinct in the run-up to the event. Opposition parties The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) contested these measures, which only added to the drama on the day.

The whole of South Africa waited in anticipation for events to unfold in Parliament and what transpired was reminiscent of a bar-fight scene in a B-movie.  Chaos broke out when the EFF interrupted Zuma’s speech, constantly shouting out points of order. As the EFF refused to back down they were forced out of the building by security guards (Bouncers) and the ensuing fist fight was shocking to say the least.

As the commotion played out of television screens across South Africa, it was mirrored by reaction online:

 

 

SONA 2017 will be remembered by all who witnessed it- for all the wrong reasons. Where does South African parliament go from here?

 

By Dean Workman

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