See updates from earlier today here
What do financial experts make of what's Zuma might say tonight?
Johan Gouws, head of Absa asset consultants says: The overarching theme of Sona is expected to once again be around creating a better life for all, which has been the mantra of government for some time. This “promise” has resulted in significant social pressure on government given the high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality that still exist. These matters, together with the poor municipal service delivery, will most likely feature strongly in the speech given the upcoming municipal elections later this year.
President Jacob Zuma will deliver his State of the Nation address on Thursday under a cloud, writes News24 reporter Genevieve Quintal, after the Constitutional Court was asked to find that he violated the Constitution and his oath of office.
The president was seen to be weaker politically than ever before following Tuesday's Nkandla Constitutional Court matter.
"We can safely say he is much weaker than he was the day before he fired [Finance Minister Nhlanhla] Nene. There's no doubt about it and yesterday did not help. That kind of public humiliation did not help," political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said on Wednesday.
Judgment was reserved in the application by the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance to the Constitutional Court for an order that Zuma repay some of the R246m spent on his home in Nkandla.
In an about-turn last week, Zuma approached the Constitutional Court to ask that it order the Auditor General and finance minister to determine how much he owed for the non-security upgrades to Nkandla.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela however said only she could decide whether to change her recommendations, and, until this happened, Zuma had to abide by what she ordered.
The president appeared to have thrown some Cabinet ministers and the National Assembly under the bus during the proceedings.
Jeremy Gauntlett, for Zuma, said the president accepted that the ministers involved in the controversy be reprimanded, and that this should be part of the court’s order.
At 19:00 President Jacob Zuma delivers his eighth State of the Nation address in the days and months after campaigns such as #ZumaMustFall and #FeesMustFall were launched as well as having the EFF and others going to the ConCourt over the Nkandla saga.
But before the president takes to the podium in the National Assembly, MPs and guests will make their way down the red carpet while protesters are expected to line the streets over various issues.
Earlier on Thursday, activists under the banner of the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement gathered in the CBD, while #ZumaMustFall protesters also had a relatively small march and students also held a protest over university fees.