It's all systems go for #Sona2019 on Thursday 7 February says Parly

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and her NCOP counterpart Thandi Modise gave a report on Wednesday on Parliament's readiness for the State of the Nation Address 2019.

EWN Parliamentary reporter Babalo Ndeze says Parliament has confirmed that Sona will take place on Thursday 7 February, next week.

It is a significant State of the Nation Address because it is the last Sona for the current Parliament just before elections when a new Parliament will be put in place.

Babalo Ndeze, Parliament reporter - EWN

It is significant because it is presumably the last Sona for Baleka Mbete as Speaker of Parliament.

Babalo Ndeze, Parliamentary reporter - EWN

Ndeze says the threats made by the EFF to disrupt Sona were also addressed and it was made clear that the party has not engaged with Parliament regarding this.

He says Thandi Modise made it clear that the EFF will have to abide by the rules of Parliament on the day.

They have taken no extraordinary measures. It's a normal Sona and they don't expect any disruptions but they are prepared naturally for any disruption should it happen.

Babalo Ndeze, Parliamentary reporter - EWN

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