President Jacob Zuma's reply to the #Sona2016 debate was measured, at times punctuated by muted applause.
Xolani Gwala spoke to Prof Richard Calland about how President Zuma played his cards in face of flying insults.
Listen to the conversation below:
He tried to play the elder statesman; he tried to put Mmusi Maimane in his place subtly, perhaps too subtly...— Prof Richard Calland, associate professor in public law at UCT
It was a steady performance... it was unspectacular... he stayed on message as far as economic outlook is concerned and the steadying of the ship, but he didn't get his side going.— Prof Richard Calland, associate professor in public law at UCT