ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu says the postponement of the the 2018 State of the Nation Address (Sona) was not a decision influenced by the ANC.
They did it because it was the right thing to do.— Jackson Mthembu, ANC's chief whip in Parliament
According to Mthembu, the postponement will help avoid the chaos which has become synonymous with the gathering.
He believes Parliament's presiding officers made the decision without influence from the ANC or opposition parties.
Mthembu says the public must not preempt the outcome of the special ANC NEC meeting which will be held on Wednesday.
He insists that the ANC will survive the political storm it currently faces and adds that South Africa needs a Sona that will bring hope to its people.
It's the right decisions because you cannot, with your eyes open, proceed for the umpteenth time to a Sona that will be disrupted.— Jackson Mthembu, ANC's chief whip in Parliament
We have an opportunity to avoid mishaps and... have a Sona of our dreams. We have such an opportunity with this postponement.— Jackson Mthembu, ANC's chief whip in Parliament
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Mthembu: Parly's presiding officers didn't postpone #Sona2018 for ANC's sake