Days of speculation have ended after Parliament’s presiding officers postponed this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), amid fears that it might once again descend into chaos.
“We wish to assure fellow South Africans and everyone affected by this decision that these actions are being taken in the best interests of Parliament and the country,” National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced on Tuesday afternoon. Opposition parties and the ruling ANC welcomed the decision, but the debate rages on around the future of President Jacob Zuma.
All eyes are on the ruling party to see what happens next, following the SONA postponement in the wake of President Jacob Zuma’s reported continued reluctance to step aside for his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa.
It seems “Mugabe all over” … but this time without a military that forces a president to do the right step….