'Nothing untoward': Zuma snubs state of the nation address


- city-press.news24.com | 5 months ago

Former president Jacob Zuma has opted not to attend this year’s state of the nation address, the second one since he resigned as president of South Africa.

The event which marks the opening of Parliament, and in this election year the closing of the fifth Parliament, will take place next week Thursday. During a state of readiness address by the presiding officers this morning, National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete revealed that former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe had confirmed that they would be in attendance.

When asked whether or not this meant that Zuma would not be attending, chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise said: “We automatically invite all former heads of state and former presiding officers.

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