What will Zuma have to offer in his State of the Nation address?

Is it going to be a confident and emboldened President Jacob Zuma at the podium in the National Assembly tomorrow for the State of the Nation (SONA) address? Or will we see again the embattled leader who addressed the country last year in a speech offering more questions than answers. Justin Sylvester, Nonhlanhla Chanza and Sithembile Mbete of Idasa’s Political Information and Monitoring Service (PIMS) believes after a bruising period of personalised attacks and very public contestation last year the President emerged from the ANC’s National General Council in September in a somewhat different mood, uncharacteristically flexing some political muscle and asserting his authority within the ANC and the Tripartite Alliance. The question now is: will he bring this confidence to the 2011 SONA and what are the challenges facing this year’s Parliament? Read more here.


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