February 12, 2015 - Riot police surround DA supporters on Adderly Street in Cape Town, ahead of #SONA2015.
JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties are crying foul over what they call the militarisation of the State of the Nation Address( Sona).
Actions of JZ in deploying the army can't be legal, violate the separation of powers, 4 personal use. I have asked our legal team to engage https://t.co/jTPlf36d6F— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) February 7, 2017
The Economic Freedom Fighters has condemned Zuma's deployment of SANDF members.
The party says this should be seen as a declaration of war on the citizens of South Africa.
The Democratic Alliance is seeking an urgent meeting with the speaker of the National Assembly.
We will not stand by & allow the “people’s parliament” to be turned into a security-state show of force, meant to intimidate opposition.— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) February 7, 2017
Both parties say no amount of security will deter them from holding the president accountable.
Zuma has announced the deployment of 441 SANDF members to maintain law and order, during the opening of parliament on Thursday.
The red berets have called on the defence force, to defy the president's orders.