WATCH: Parliament postpones SONA 2018


The red carpet gets rolled out at Parliament in Cape Town ahead of the 2016 State of the Nation Address.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament has resolved to postpone the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018.

The SONA was due to be delivered by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.

Speaker Baleka Mbete said a new date will be announced soon.

Most political parties have welcomed the announcement, including the ANC. 






The EFF and IFP have welcomed the move. 

The DA says it had expected the postponement of the State of the Nation Address after it requested this late last year.

Chief Whips of political parties represented in Parliament were locked in a meeting with Mbete on Tuesday afternoon. 

The meeting came in the wake of a series of high-level ANC meetings and with pressure for President Jacob Zuma not to deliver the SONA reaching boiling point. 

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