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CAPE TOWN - The State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018 will go ahead as planned.
The address is scheduled for 8 February.
Modise: #SONA2018 will not be postponed.— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) February 1, 2018
Parliament has not received correspondence from the ANC on whether President Jacob Zuma will deliver the speech.
Opposition parties wanted SONA postponed and are calling for a no-confidence debate in Zuma to be held before the address.
NCOP Chairperson Thandi Modise: “EFF Request for sitting before SONA. It’s nothing to do with NCOP. We are not going to postpone #SONA2018 as per DA request. This is a joint sitting and they did not bother to ask us. Only the Speaker. So we will go ahead on 8 Feb.— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) February 1, 2018
The Economic Freedom Fighters said there’s no way they will permit Zuma from delivering his address.
"We can't debate with a criminal, we can't debate with a person that has broken the Constitution," said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
"If they do not concede or if they do not give us this opportunity to table the motion before SONA, we'll be forced to raise these matters before SONA itself."
But the ANC said as things stand now, Zuma will deliver his address.
"The State of the Nation Address will be delivered by the President of the Republic of South Africa, and that is comrade Jacob Zuma as things stand at this present time," said ANC spokesperson Khusela Diko.