Parliament Committee can’t postpone SONA: Frolick

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Parliament’s National Assembly’s Programme Committee cannot take a decision on whether the State of the Nation Address (SONA) should be postponed or not.

This is according to National Assembly House Chairperson Cedrick Frolick who was co-chairing the Programme Committee meeting after the Democratic Alliance’s request for the postponement of the address.

“Honourable members let me just indicate, if you look at the programme of the 8th of February it says it’s a joint sitting. Now a joint sitting says it was agreed to by both presiding officers, both the Speaker and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces. This is thus not a matter for the National Assembly Programme Committee to decide on. It’s a matter that was agreed to in a joint programme committee.”

“The letters that was addressed to the Speaker from both the Democratic Alliance and the African Christian Democratic Party is addressed to the Speaker,” says Frolick.

He says the Speaker must sit and discuss the matter with the National Council of Provinces so that they can both agree on the way forward and they will respond very soon to the letters received from those political parties.

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