The annual State of the Nation address by the president has become something of an occasion in South Africa.
It has now become the norm for the president’s address to be disrupted often pushing back the actual start time by hours.
This year the Presiding Officers of Parliament have moved the date altogether.
“We have been dismayed in the past four years at the disruption, anarchy and chaos that have been characteristic of this annual Joint Sitting which, in some way, marks the opening of Parliament,” said the officers.
“Reporting through Parliament on the State of the Nation is a critical accountability action by the Executive and it must happen. Developments this year, particularly the calls for disruption and/or postponement of the Joint Sitting, have, therefore, caused us great concern,” it added.
There is no word on a new date yet but Parliament says that a new date will be announced soon.
The State of the Nation Address was scheduled to take place this Thursday the 8th of February.