Parliament Approves Zuma’s Request To Deliver State Of The Nation Address


The Speakers of National Assembly Baleka Mbete says a request by the president to deliver the State of the Nation Address has been approved.

This comes after the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) and the Democratic Alliance(DA)are attempted to block President Jacob Zuma from delivering next week’s state of the nation address (Sona).

Parliament’s presiding officers on Thursday briefed the media on the readiness of Parliament to host the State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week Thursday, 8 February.

On Wednesday Mmusi Maimane said he had written to the Speaker Baleka Mbete‚ requesting that this year’s speech ‘be scheduled for next Thursday 8 February‚ demanding that President Jacob Zuma should be remove from power and Parliament be given a chance to appoint the new president.

The joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), where the sitting President will deliver the address, is a special sitting with only the State of the Nation Address on the agenda.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to brace for taught question as leaders of opposition parties seeks his removal before his term in office come to an end in 2019.

The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli says it will be wrong to block the president from delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) because there are threats of violence.

“It cannot be correct that because there is a threat of disruption, that we tell the President, as the Head of State, not to come to speak here,”

Concerns over the removal of president emerged after the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee which has the full control within the ruling party failed to take actions against the call pushed by members of the ANC.

Maimane stressed that there is a battle between ANC top six with officials having different policies, saying this is the reason why Zuma remains the president of the country while Cyril Rhamaposa is the new president of the ANC.

The key focus intended on addressing issues related to water crises in Western Cape since residents in the area faces hash water restriction.