Yes, Zuma Will Still Deliver The Sona

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"They did not write to the NCOP chair, despite Sona being a joint sitting", she said.

"I have written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, requesting that this year's State of the Nation Address (Sona), scheduled for next Thursday 8 February, be postponed until Jacob Zuma has been removed from office, and Parliament is afforded an opportunity to elect a new President", Mr Maimane said in a statement.

"We have absolutely no intention as presiding officers to approach any president to say: "you must not come and give the State of the Nation Address", Modise said.

The prosecutions boss has stated in legal correspondence that once he has received the representations, he will communicate the process and timeline he intends to follow to the affected parties.

Wednesday marks the deadline for President Jacob Zuma to make fresh presentations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on why he should not face prosecution for corruption.

South African President Jacob Zuma arrives to attend the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) during the 30th annual AU summit in Addis Ababa on January 29, 2018.

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There have been calls for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to recall Zuma and deprive him of the right to deliver SONA.

Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli said the arguments to hold the sitting ahead of the address were not persuasive enough, and thus a sitting before SONA would be "unlikely".

"It can not be correct that because there is a threat of disruption that we tell the head of state not to speak here. Failure to do so will leave us with no option' but to take up the issue during Sona", the party wrote on Tuesday.

"What we should be doing is dissuading people from disrupting. a democratic institution".

The NPA said then that Zuma had until November 30, 2017 to make submissions before it decided whether to pursue the charges. "The occasion must be respected".

R4.3m has been budgeted for the event this year, down from previous years.

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