The 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA) has been postponed. In a quickly organised media briefing outside Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete announced that she had asked President Jacob Zuma to postpone the sitting of the SONA.
This follows mounting pressure for President Zuma to step down.
The SONA was due to be delivered on Thursday.
With two days to go before the address in Parliament, the ruling ANC was under extreme pressure to decide whether the President stays or leaves.
Opposition parties, especially the EFF, had promised to do everything to stop the President from delivering the address.
Speaker of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise, says, they realised “insisting on SONA on Thursday would not serve any purpose.”
ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, says, “We welcome the postponement of SONA as the Caucus.”
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