National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says she is calm about tonight's 2016 State of the Nation Address and better prepared than last year.
Mbete discussed the Parliamentary proceedings, security forces, potential disruption from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and special protocol for this evening.
Today I am not as unarmed, or disempowered as I was the last time. So I'm relaxed.— Baleka Mbete, National Assembly Speaker
Listen to the full conversation:
The joint sitting where the State of the Nation is delivered is a specific type of joint sitting and is not one where MPs can do anything else other than to allow the President to deliver his speech.— Baleka Mbete, National Assembly Speaker
(The EFF) haven't come to me about this evening's proceedings but I hope they stay within the rules.— Baleka Mbete, National Assembly Speaker
The EFF will have to be removed if they don't co-operate with the chair.— Baleka Mbete, National Assembly Speaker
You could always just evoke any rule, but different occasions have different protocols.— Baleka Mbete, National Assembly Speaker