Security will be tight ahead of the 2017 State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening and Parliamentary spokesperson Manelisi Wolela describes to Stephen Grootes just what goes into preparing for the event.
At the core of what we do is to ensure a successful delivery of the State of the Nation Address as prescribed and expected in the Constitution.— Manelisi Wolela, Parliamentary spokesperson
Relating to the issue of security it is important to state clearly that year on year this is literally a pinnacle event in our corporate calendar as Parliament and government....brings together captains of industry...ambassadors...all in one place. And all have to be provided with security.— Manelisi Wolela, Parliamentary spokesperson
He says they, therefore, need high levels of coordination and insists the security levels implemented over the past years remains the same.
There is absolutely nothing special that is being done differently from last year or the year before that.— Manelisi Wolela, Parliamentary spokesperson
He insists there is no plan in place to curtail the media and denies cellphones or tablets will be confiscated.
Recording video footage of proceedings will be freely allowed.
Listen to what the parliamentary spokesperson says about security preparations for Sona: