Perspective: Barricades, Alsatians and fences –SONA shows up a party and government afraid of its people


The State of the Nation Address (SONA) has become a fashion parade for the political and captured elite, smilingly strutting on a red carpet while answering banal questions about haute couture, writes Pieter du Toit.

The SONA used to be delivered in the day, during a normal joint session of Parliament in the afternoon. During the Presidency of Jacob Zuma it was moved to the evening to enable more people to watch it.

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