Jacob Zuma unlikey to attend Sona - Carl Niehaus

Former president Jacob Zuma will attend President Cyril Ramaphosa's third State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday evening.

Zuma's attendance comes after an arrest warrant was issued by the Pietermaritzburg High Court last week after his lawyers said he was sick and not in the country.

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This will be Zuma’s first Sona since he stepped down as the country’s president on 14 February 2018.

Clement Manyathela chats to Zuma supporter Carl Niehaus and political analyst Levy Ndou to weigh in on the matter.

The radical economic transformation Zuma support group is a collection of organisations and it plans to support Zuma and express its outrage at the warrant of arrest that was issued against him. We also plan to hold mass actions to show case this outrage.

Carl Niehaus, Jacob Zuma supporter

Niehaus says he is not sure whether Zuma will attend the Sona as he is busy with medical treatment out of the country.

Ndou says Zuma attending the Sona could mean he has accepted that he was removed from being president.

The other angle would be that Zuma wants to go and watch the drama unfold in Parliament. Maybe he is saying to the nation that indeed he was sick and he has recovered that is why he will be attending.

Levy Ndou, Political analyst

Listen below to the full conversation:


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