President Jacob Zuma will move on to address thousands of ANC supporters right after the state of the nation address this week – with a focus on land redistribution and ‘radical transformation’.
The City Press reports that this year’s SONA will have the tightest security, after the past few years which have seen increasing levels of unrest both outside and inside Cape Town’s Parliamentary district.
After his address, Zuma will reportedly ‘speed off’ to the Grand Parade, where he is expected to then address some 10,000 ANC members, with radical transformation being the theme of the follow-up speech.
Speaking to the City Press, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said that returning the land to the people was the overarching theme of the ANC this year, and Zuma would address supporters directly after the SONA to highlight the urgency of the task.
ANC insiders told the paper that the follow-up speech was nothing more than a gathering of Zuma loyalists as a show of force, with the main aim being to defend Zuma and having him seen as still being supported within the party.
You can read the full story in the City Press for 5 February 2017.