Zuma must go before state of the nation address - EFF and DA

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The State of the Nation Address (Sona) will take place next Thursday as planned, despite opposition parties' attempts to postpone it.

"Whoever is president will [deliver Sona]...that is all we know‚" National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise said during a news conference in Parliament.

Modise and fellow presiding officers were asked whether it was factoring in a possibility that Zuma would not be the head of state next week after the African National Congress indicated its top six officals were discussing "options" with the president to prevent him from being impeached.

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.

"We can not afford to waste ... public money for Jacob Zuma to deliver the government's programme of action for the coming year in his State of the Nation address‚ when it is not likely that he will remain the president of the republic much longer‚" said Maimane.

Mr Maimane further called on the Speaker to act in the interests of all South Africans, and postpone Sona until the ANC leadership battle has been resolved.

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"The factors that are driven by the preparation that has been done, outweigh any reason for us to organise a special sitting".

"We have absolutely no intention [of approaching] any president to say you must not come to [deliver] the [Sona]".

The NPA said then that Zuma had until November 30, 2017 to make submissions before it decided whether to pursue the charges. "It would be the most unprecedented thing to happen now", he said.

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

The EFF wrote to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete asking her for a motion of no confidence against Zuma to be debated, according to the party's leader Julius Malema, who demanded that there should be no SONA if Zuma is still in power as the country president. "The occasion must be respected".

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