Defense Minister Nosivewe Mapisa-Nqakula says his office will conduct an investigation following deployment of South African National Defiance Force (SANDF) during 2017 State of the Nation Address (Sona)
The main opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) has call on National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to clarify a chaos from opposition over deployment of Soldiers during Sona last month.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane has accuse the Parliament of breaking after the walls of the parliament were militarized,
The DA has filed an application at the Western Cape High Court seeking a declaration that soldier deployment in the parliamentary precinct for non-ceremonial purposes is unconstitutional and unlawful.
Several opposition parties, particularly the DA, have reiterated soldiers’ deployment during Sona exceeded a mere ceremonial role.
Mapisa-Nqakula has given the assurance full details around SANDF’s presence will be provided.
“If you allow me, rather we give that answer through the presiding officers of Parliament, so that through Parliament we can then respond to the questions raised by South Africans.”
Prior to the Sona on 9 February, the Presidency communicated that 441 soldiers would be deployed from 5 to 10 February.
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#SONA The DA says the government has spent at least R11 million on the SONA event, from the initial budget of R4 million. KHM
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