08/02/2017 14:29 GMT | Updated 09/02/2017 07:09 GMT

Sona Used To Be A Joyous Occasion -- What Happened?

Ferial Haffajee and Verashni Pillay discuss how Sona has changed, from a celebration to an exercise in paranoia with increasingly high security.

As South Africa prepares for President Jacob Zuma's last Sona speech, The Huffington Post South Africa's editor-in-chief Verashni Pillay and editor-at-large Ferial Haffajee highlight the big focus points for the opening of Parliament. From the unprecedented military presence to the theme of radical economic transformation, Haffajee and Pillay discuss their expectations -- and how their experience of Sona has shifted.