Members of Parliament (MPs) spent another day today listening to President Zuma’s SONA debate reply.
However, today’s SONA debate reply began on the right foot as North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo unreservedly apologized in writing for shouting “fuck you” to DA chief whip John Steenhuisen during Zuma’s SONA speech.
In a written note addressed to Speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete, the Premier tendered an apology to Steenhuisen and said his comment was a result of the heated events of the night.
Before unveiling the letter, Baleka announced to the house that Honourable S.O.R Mahumapelo, premier of the North West Province sent a letter for the MPs consumption.
She subsequently read the letter on Mahumapelo’s behalf – “On the occasion of Sona, there was an unfortunate off-the-record altercation between myself and honorable Steenhuisen of the DA. I must say
The premier wrote: “On the occasion of Sona, there was an unfortunate off-the-record altercation between myself and honorable Steenhuisen of the DA.
I must say I regret having overreacted to the honorable member concerned, and my actions were not justifiable and I profusely and unreservedly apologise.”
The premier Mahumapelo also apologised for not being able to attend Zuma’s SONA reply.
During last Thursday’s the state of the nation address (Sona), premier Supra was backlashed for throwing the “f*ck you” word at DA MP John Steenhuisen, after the latter raised his view on how unfit President Jacob Zuma was and how he had allegedly “broken the country”.
Other ANC members sitting close by were heard casting aspersions on the DA chief whip. The F-word and racists slurs were audibly heard on live television.
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Shortly after Supra’s F-word popped out, many South Africans took to the social media and slammed the ANC leader for using the inflammatory words on the DA MP.
Responses from the social media showed that the country is now familiar with the punches, the walk-outs, the insults, Zuma’s smug chuckle and the cries of women that had characterised the state of the nation addresses in the country.
It’s even heartbreaking to note that 2017 SONA was the most difficult to watch because things really spiralled out of the control, unlike in previous years.
But what was more heart wrenching was that the fact that most South Africans could not pay attention to the country’s president when he finally took the stage to deliver his recycled speech.