I will put my country first, says Thandi Modise as Parliament readies for Sona

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.

Read: #Sona219: Cosatu hopes for clear plan and targets to create jobs

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.

Read: No thrills and frills for Sona as Parliament cuts budget to R2m

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

Read: Will Ramaphosa unpack the stimulus package during Sona?

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

Read: What to expect from President Cyril Ramaphosa at Sona

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

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