Close to 1200 guests expected for SONA

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State President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his maiden State of the Nation Address this Friday evening.

The State of the Nation Address allows the country to reflect on the achievements and challenges experienced over the past year. It also offers the President a chance to set out government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead.

Parliament says close to 1200 guests from various sectors of society have been invited to attend this evening’s SONA.

Among those expected to attend are former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Mothnathe and F.W. de Klerk and former Speakers of the National Assembly Max Sisulu and Frene Ginwala.

Former President Jacob Zuma has declined his invitation.

Parliament Spokesperson Moloto Mothapo mentions other guests.

“Various categories have been invited and those categories will include for instance the religious sector for instance under that category we have invited the Judicial Muslim Body, also for instance the leader of the Zion Christian Church, His Worship Bishop Banabas Lekganyane. We will also have representative of Chapter nine institutions, the business sector, the former presiding officers, Mr Max Sisulu Mninwa Mahlangu who is currently the ambassador of the United States.”