State of the Nation Address to go ahead next Thursday

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State of the Nation Address to go ahead next Thursday

Cape Town - There will be no special sitting to debate a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma before the State of the Nation Address (SONA), National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says.

"A state president who is destined for a judicial commission of inquiry can not be a suitable head of state and government, which is legislatively and practically defined by extremely busy programmes", Malema wrote in the letter.

"He is representing his own jacket", Malema said, claiming that Zuma following his stepping down from the party leadership had no mandate to preside over South Africa. "It will be the most unprecedented thing [to hold a special sitting before Sona]‚" said Tsenoli.

Speculation is rife that senior ANC leaders are engaged in tough negotiations to remove Zuma from office.

Market attention was also pinned on President Jacob Zuma's future as head of state.

Sona is scheduled for February 8.

"We have received this request to address Parliament".

According to section 90 of the Constitution, the deputy president assumes the powers and functions of the president in the event of a vacancy in the Presidency.

South African news website News24 reported late on Tuesday that top officials from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) would meet Zuma to discuss "options" to avoid him being impeached or voted out by parliament.

"It can not be correct that because there is a threat of disruption that we tell the head of state not to speak here".

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. "We want to have the smoothest State of the Nation Address in spite of the threats [of disruption]‚" said Tsenoli.

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

Security issues were being handled jointly with the City of Cape Town and ministers from the justice, peace and security cluster to manage unrest.

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