State of the Nation Address postponed
Written by Keshia Jansen on February 7, 2018
The State of the Nation Address (SONA) that was initially scheduled for 8 February has been postponed to “a date to be announced later” after an “argument between two parties.”
News24 reports that the announcement has been made by Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.
Kubayi-Ngubane insists that the work of government will not be negatively affected by the recent developments.
Following recent debates, President Jacob Zuma issued a request to Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete and Chairperson of the Council of Provinces Thandi Modise for the SONA to be postponed.
According to The Presidency, the request for postponement was spurred by “certain developments which make it not conducive to successfully hold the sitting and deliver the SONA.”
Zuma has insisted on delivering the SONA, despite calls for his resignation.
In a statement issued by ANC National Spokesperson Pule Mabe, the ANC says it respects the decision by Zuma to postpone the Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.
“We understand that this decision was arrived at based on a shared understanding that there is a need to deliver this important address in a conducive political environment,” the statement reads.
The EFF has also welcomed the postponement of the SONA.
However, the party notes this as “a move towards the removal of Zuma from the highest office in the land.”
The EFF stands firm in its call for a Motion of No Confidence to take place before the SONA.
“We know that even if the ANC NEC were to recall him, Zuma will not step down. 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,” reads a statement.
“Zuma will end up in prison not because anyone hates him, but because he has been working hard, in his own volition, to end up in jail.”