Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Mpumalanga says President Jacob Zuma should not be allowed to deliver the 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The SONA has been scheduled to take place on 8 February. Speaking during the Joe Slovo memorial lecture in KaNyamazane outside Mbombela, the federation’s secretary Thabo Mokoena said Zuma should step down as president of the country.

“As Cosatu we agree with the Communist Party to say Zuma must step down. Comrades we can’t allow that man to address the State of the Nation Address, that man must go immediately and as Cosatu we are still firm to say away with state capture, away with corruption and away with Zuma.”

The memorial lecture was attended by the Provincial Secretary of the SACP, Bonakele Majuba and their National Treasurer Joyce Moloi-Moropa, who delivered the key note address.