'We have a President who can't address Parliament. As simple as that'

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

The 2018 State of the Nation Address has been postponed, announced National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on Tuesday.

Mbete said Parliament took into account the views of political stakeholders and society.

She claims that, as Parliament was preparing to write to President Jacob Zuma to request the postponement of his address, he was already doing the same.

Afternoon Drive’s Stephen Grootes interviewed EWN's Gaye Davis and DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen.

Listen to the interviews in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

I don’t think so [when asked if Mbete had any option but to postpone Sona].

Gaye Davis, EWN

The NEC will meet tomorrow to decide President Zuma’s fate.

Gaye Davis, EWN

The barrage of letters she received… did the persuading… there wasn’t much discussion… they said they shared many of the concerns of the Opposition…

John Steenhuisen, DA

A really good day for Parliament… finally standing up to Jacob Zuma…

John Steenhuisen, DA

The pressure from opposition parties played a big role in this… But also from the Ramaphosa-camp…

John Steenhuisen, DA

I think that Mr Zuma is on his way out. This is the endgame of his Presidency.

John Steenhuisen, DA

They’re saying to him, ‘Go on your own terms, or we’re going to act’…

John Steenhuisen, DA

We have a President who cannot address Parliament. As simple as that.

Gaye Davis, EWN

I don’t think that Jacob Zuma is going to be the person to give the State of the Nation Address.

Gaye Davis, EWN

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