[LISTEN] Here is what you can expect from the #SONA2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the country on the general state of the nation on Thursday night as the State of the Nation Address is set to take place at Parliament.

The joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament is one of the rare occasions that brings together the three arms of the State under one roof.

Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli says he expects MPs to obey Parliamentary rules and that there be no disruptions at this year's Sona.

Tsenoli took some time out to talk to Karima Brown about the preparations put in place for the event.

We think we have done a lot of things we hope are in place and properly ready. Up to now there has been the usual practices, checking and cross checking that things are going to happen orderly. We are ready. We are always expressing an optimistic view that MPs, that tomorrow we have granted the President the opportunity to come and talk to us.

Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly

We have already scheduled a debate we expect to be robust in the following week. In managing the house, we think that all of us in the house, including those suggesting they may want to change the programme, let's not do that, let's allow the president to present because after all we are going to have an opportunity to challenges that statement he is going to make.

Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly

We have an obligation to the public that wants to listen, that wants to hear, for that the rules are already in place, they are not going to be any different from what we have done in the past. Our preference is that people be allowed to listen without disruption.

Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly

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