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Parliamentary Staff Boycott, No DA on Red Carpet, Andile Mngxitama Revealing Secrets: SONA 2015 Drama So Far

The build-up to this year’s edition of the president’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) has probably been the liveliest yet.

From the EFF promising to walk out if the President Jacob Zuma does not address the #PayBackTheMoney issues relating to the upgrade of his homestead, Nkandla to the DA refusing to participate in the red carpet part of the event and parliament staff planning on boycott it entirely, there has not been a lack of drama surrounding SONA 2015.

In one of the most dramatic turn of events EFF renegade Andile Mngxitama called a press conference at midday, claiming to have learned “surreal” information from Gayton McKenzie which he planned on revealing to the media before tonight’s SONA.

However, the press conference turned ugly before it could even start, with EFF members in Malema’s faction attacking Mngxitama to prevent him from speaking. Mngxitama had to flee the premises, heading to a undisclosed location to proceed with the press briefing:

At the time of this article Mngxitama was yet to reveal what he had learned. He is currently at the top of trending topics in South Africa on Twitter, with people responding in a way only South Africans can:


Baleka Mbete, speaker of the National Assembly, spoke to SA Politics Unspun author Stephen Grootes earlier today, saying that she is “more ready than I have ever felt” for tonight’s SONA and that they have been preparing for this for very long. She says the anticipation is not just related to Malema and his promised disruption, but to the general feeling in the country and the high regard for the SONA.

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South Africa is a country rich in political books, with many relating to the EFF, Malema, the ANC, Zuma, SONA and politics in general. Have a look at some them:

SA Politics UnspunState of the Nation: South Africa 1994-2014Biko Lives!The Fall of the ANCRemaking the ANCIt's Code Red!The Coming RevolutionAgainst All OddsThe Uncomfortable TruthInsurgent DiplomatStill an Inconvenient YouthRagged GloryFrom a Place of BlacknessTafelberg Short – Nkandla: The end of Zuma?


Book details

  • Biko Lives!: Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko edited by Andile Mngxitama, Amanda Alexander, Nigel Gibson
    EAN: 9780230606494
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  • State of the Nation: South Africa 1994-2014: A twenty-year review of freedom and democracy by Thenjiwe Meyiwa, Muxe Nkondo, Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Moses Sithole, Francis Nyamnjoh
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    EAN: 9780796924612
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