President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday to officially usher in the sixth democratic Parliament.
Newly appointed National Assembly Speaker, Thandi Modise will be presiding at this auspicious event to keep order among Members of Parliament.
Speaking to 702's Bongani Bingwa, Modise says she is expecting a coordinated and calm event and a well-received address from the president.
I hope that the whole country will get to hear what he has planned in improving the economy for men and women, especially the orphans in the streets and I am hoping we will peacefully receive his message.— Thandi Modise, Speaker - National Assembly
Parliament has decided to cut down on costs for the 2019 Sona and curbed the spending to R2 million. Modise says they are looking forward to cutting down even more.
We want to focus on redirecting the resources of Parliament in ensuring that we supervise, get coordination, get recommendations and hold the executives to account on proper and quality service delivery to the people.— Thandi Modise, Speaker - National Assembly
Modise says it is important to earn the respect of South Africans in carrying out her duties as the new speaker of Parliament.
It is important for me to always remember where I come from and what my party stands for, but the interest of South Africans collectively are important to me.— Thandi Modise, Speaker - National Assembly
If I were to make a judgement call in what I think is the gross violation of the citizens of South Africa and to defend my party, I'd probably go with the citizens.— Thandi Modise, Speaker - National Assembly
To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below: