South Africa's president acknowledged the country was stuck in a period of great difficulty and doubt
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that his country is facing a stark reality of a stagnant economy and rising unemployment.
Mr Ramaphosa remains a popular, trusted figure in South Africa - but he heads a bitterly divided party, which may struggle to implement his ambitious plans.
His speech was delayed by more than an hour by disruption from the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and their leader Julius Malema. They finally left the chamber, to loud jeers.
In his speech President Ramaphosa acknowledged that South Africa was stuck in a period of great difficulty and doubt.
Now was, he said, a decisive moment.
He highlighted youth unemployment - which stands at around 50% - as the most serious crisis.
But Mr Ramaphosa insisted he was winning the fight against corruption, and he outlined a string of reforms - to the troubled energy sector in particular - designed to revive the economy and create jobs.
Cyryl Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa, stands during the singing of the South African national anthem ahead of the State of the Nation address at the South African Parliament in Cape Town on 13 February 2020.