Opinion: Deployment of soldiers at Sona overshadows progress

702 Breakfast host, Xolani Gwala says President Jacob Zuma's decision to deploy the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) sends a negative message about accessibility of Parliament.

Gwala says this announcement has overshadowed some progress done by government as Zuma launched Invest SA- One Stop Shop during his meeting with business leaders, labour and key government officials this week.

Invest SA will provide a one-stop shop service to investors, offering investment promotion, facilitation and after care.

Gwala says this initiative symbolises a reasonable working relationship between government and business.

And that's what we have been calling for. We understand that South Africa's problem cannot be solved by government alone, and business alone.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

But all of these good things are overshadowed by negative announcements that are coming through around what's going on in Parliament.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

Listen to Xolani Gwala's full comment below...

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Zuma deploys SANDF troops to keep 'law and order' at #Sona2017

Zuma deploys SANDF troops to keep 'law and order' at #Sona2017

President Jacob Zuma authorised the deployment of 441 SANDF personnel to work alongside Saps to bolster Parliament's security.

I will tell you when I want to tell you - Zuma on Cabinet reshuffle rumours

I will tell you when I want to tell you - Zuma on Cabinet reshuffle rumours

President Jacob Zuma jokingly told the media to forget about Cabinet reshuffle rumours.

Parliament denies rumours of extra 'special' security measures for Sona

Parliament denies rumours of extra 'special' security measures for Sona

Security will be tight but it will be no different from any other year and the media will not be curtailed says spokesperson.

ANC wants Zuma's Sona to address land reform

ANC wants Zuma's Sona to address land reform

President Jacob Zuma hosts the Pre-SONA Business Investor Luncheon in Cape Town on Tuesday.

MK vets deny divisions, plan national conference to unify members

MK vets deny divisions, plan national conference to unify members

MKMVA and MK national council have had disagreements on the ANC NEC and whether President Jacob Zuma should resign.

Zizi Kodwa defends ANCWL rallying support for Dlamini-Zuma

Zizi Kodwa defends ANCWL rallying support for Dlamini-Zuma

ANC national spokesperson says the ANCWL does not have audacity to undermine ANC authority regarding succession principles.

Mkhwebane awaits legal opinion on whether to oppose Zuma State capture review

Mkhwebane awaits legal opinion on whether to oppose Zuma State capture review

Mkhwebane denies tensions between her and Madonsela.

Opinion: Xolani Gwala agrees Black lives don't matter in South Africa

Opinion: Xolani Gwala agrees Black lives don't matter in South Africa

Xolani Gwala says government and civil society should have done more in response to the 94 deaths of Life Esidimeni patients.

Dlamini-Zuma's call for women Presidents could suggest her own intentions

Dlamini-Zuma's call for women Presidents could suggest her own intentions

Dlamini-Zuma spoke at the Faith Gospel Ministries Church accompanied by Bathabile Dlaminini, Kebby Maphatsoe and Des Van Rooyen.

Opinion: Xolani Gwala applauds KZN Ed for giving free sanitary pads to pupils

Opinion: Xolani Gwala applauds KZN Ed for giving free sanitary pads to pupils

KwaZulu Natal Education Department has announced it will provide free sanitary pads to more than 2000 poverty-stricken schools.

Cabinet kicks off lekgotla ahead of Sona

Cabinet kicks off lekgotla ahead of Sona

The Cabinet lekgotla, which sets the tone for the State of the Nation Address (Sona), starts today.

OPINION: Will deaths of 39 patients go unpunished?

OPINION: Will deaths of 39 patients go unpunished?

Xolani Gwala says the anticipated Health Ombudsman report into Esidimeni psychiatric patients deaths is crucial to ensure justice.

OPINION: Efficiency could save "industry blood bath" in poultry sector

OPINION: Efficiency could save "industry blood bath" in poultry sector

The beleaguered local poultry industry needs structural changes, says Breakfast Show host Xolani Gwala.

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to take over as Finance Minister - reports

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to take over as Finance Minister - reports

The Sunday Times reports that Molefe will be appointed in an attempt to oust Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

ANC leadership succession the name of the game for 2017

ANC leadership succession the name of the game for 2017

Stephen Grootes previews 2017 political dynamics with political analysts Tinyiko Maluleka and Ranjeni Munusamy.

Popular articles
Struggles interracial couples still face

Struggles interracial couples still face

The Open Line took an unexpected turn when a caller in an interracial relationship shared how her father rejected her partner.

10 sexting tips on how to keep things spicy (and safe)

10 sexting tips on how to keep things spicy (and safe)

Interested in sexting but worried about the risks? Dr Eve has created a guideline to help you 'sext' in a fun and responsible way.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Makhabane says Ncwane was feeling weak yesterday and his wife phoned paramedics to check on him.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Michiel le Roux speaks about the fascinating story behind the little bank that has the Big 4 shaking in their boots.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?