PARLIAMENT, January 30 – The 2019 state-of-the-nation address (Sona) by President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the only agenda item during the joint sitting of Parliament on February 7 with strict rules of engagement and parliamentary conventions applying, the national legislature’s presiding officers said on Wednesday.
Briefing the media, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces chairwoman Thandi Modise said preparations for a successful Sona were well under way. Modise added they expected no disruptions, despite the Economic Freedom Fighters threatening to the turn the Sona into a roasting of Ramaphosa over his dealings with a company implicated in state capture.
“There is no extraordinary measures put in place. The usual preparations for Sona are in place. We are not expecting any disruptions,” said Modise.
The EFF last week indicated that if Ramaphosa did not call a media briefing on his dealings with Bosasa (now trading as African Global Operations), they would turn the sona into a question-and-answer session.
Mbete said no Q&A has been scheduled.
“Only one agenda item will be tabled at the joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces – the state-of-the-nation address,” said Mbete.
“Maintaining the decorum of the House remains the responsibility of both presiding officers during this special sitting and the rules and conventions of joint sittings will apply.” (ANA)