ANC cabinet ministers have come to the defence of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC government on the second day of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate in Parliament.
Opposition parties have throughout the two-day SONA debate criticised President Zuma for performing dismally as compared to his predecessors.
Opposition party leaders also accused President Zuma of failing to deliver on key issues like job creation, economic development and the fight against the scourge of corruption.
During his State of the Nation Address on Thursday last week, President Zuma used the ANCâ€™s â€œgood story to tellâ€™ narrative to highlight success of his five year term.
Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu dismissed opposition claims that President Zuma used his speech to hide his failures under his predecessorsâ€™ successes.
â€œItâ€™s now argued that the gains of President Mandela and President Mbeki were reversed by President Zuma, this is a nonsensical and illogical. You must admit your own prejudice stands in the way of you admitting that the President gave a very good speech on a very good story. But because most of you are preconditioned to be negative your immediate response was negative,â€ says Sisulu.
Itâ€™s now argued that the gains of President Mandela and President Mbeki were reversed by President Zuma, this is a nonsensical and illogical.
In a change of mood, Ailing Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) member, Mario Ambrossini pleaded with government to legalise medical marijuana for the treatment of cancer.
Ambrosini suffers from a rare form of lung cancer and hopes to access medical marijuana as an alternative treatment. His plea was in stark contrast to most opposition members who continued to critique the ruling party.
President Zuma is expected to respond to the debate on Thursday.