There Will Be No SONA Until Zuma Resigns – EFF

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has warned that there will be no State of the Nation Address (SONA) unless President Jacob Zuma leaves office, or a motion of no confidence is held before it.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced on Tuesday that the unprecedented step to postpone Thursday’s SONA until further notice was made following numerous “threats” to the event.

The EFF was one of the party’s threatening to “raise their issues” in an urgent motion of no confidence against Zuma on the night.

EFF secretary general Godrich Gardee, while happy with the postponement, was adamant that no SONA would go ahead while Zuma was still head of state.

“There is not going to be any SONA until there is a motion of no confidence if Mr Zuma still remains in office and has not tendered his resignation letter,” Gardee said outside parliamentary precinct, following Mbete’s announcement.

“As long as Mr Zuma remains in office and hasn’t tendered his resignation, there will never be any State of the Nation Address.”

Gardee said the Speaker’s decision was thanks to massive pressure from the public and opposition parties.

“That is the victory of the people of South Africa. We have marched for the removal of Zuma for almost two years and we see this decision as a victory of the voters,” he said.

“We reiterate our call for the motion of no confidence to take place before SONA. We know that even if the ANC NEC (national executive committee) were to recall him, Zuma will not step down,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

“In his hearts of hearts, he wishes that chaos erupts should he be forced to step down. Knowing that his destination is prison, Zuma wants to go down with chaos. He must be forced down, and demonstrated to, that there will not be any chaos.

“Zuma will end up in prison not because anyone hates him, but because he has been working hard, of his own volition, to end up in jail,” he said.

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