As the versatile speaker he is, South African comedian Trevor Noah couldn’t resist the urge to say a few things about the deployment of the military for SONA 2017.
There has been mounting pressure against the deployment of 441 soldiers to assist police in ensuring “law and order” during the activities for the Opening of Parliament.
Noah poked fun at President Jacob Zuma in the wake of preparations for The State of the Nation address. Consequently, he took to Twitter with his idea about the president’s order to deploy hundreds of soldiers to maintain law and order during the address.
“People need to stop hating on President Jacob Zuma. Of all our democratically elected presidents he’s easily in the top 3! #SONA2017.”
People need to stop hating on President Jacob Zuma. Of all our democratically elected presidents he's easily in the top 3!#SONA2017
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 7, 2017
SONA is taking place in Cape Town on Thursday, 9 February. On Tuesday, the Presidency released a statement that President Jacob Zuma has authorised the deployment of 441 soldiers to assist police in “law and order” activities for the Opening of Parliament.
The SA National Defence Force members will be working in cooperation with the South African Police Service “to maintain law and order during the Opening of Parliament where the President will deliver the State of the Nation Address 2017”.
This is an unusual development as soldiers only ever took part in SONA in a ceremonial capacity. Thus, the president’s decision to include them as part of security for the annual address led to massive outcry.
A lot of people protested the deployment of soldiers for that purpose and subsequently took to Twitter to air their views.
Here are some of the reactions on the deployment of soldiers for SONA 2017;
— IG: NokuzolaNdwandwe (@ZolaNdwandwe) February 8, 2017
— Tlotliso Mphuthi (@Tlotli_Mphuthi) February 8, 2017
Sure there was a time in SA history when the army was called in to help maintain 'law & order'. It was a time called 'apartheid'. #SONA2017
— Jack Devnarain (@JackD157) February 8, 2017
Zuma has called in the army to help "maintain law and order" at the Opening of Parliament #SONA2017.
— Right2Know (@r2kcampaign) February 7, 2017
Over 400 soldiers will leave the barracks for #SONA2017 When dictatorship arrives there will be no drum majorettes announcing its arrival
— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) February 8, 2017
— Jackie Marumo (@jacksonmarumo) February 8, 2017
And trust South Africans to find a way to make fun of the situation.
On a lighter mood, here are some funny memes about the deployment of soldiers for SONA 2017;
— IG:AdvBarryRoux (@Barry_Roux) February 8, 2017
— Emison Maguta (@emiemag29) February 8, 2017