Agri SA on SONA – time for a new start

The state-of-the-nation address (Sona) delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday night was a frank admission of the problems negatively impacting on the morale of South Africans and the drivers which are critical to take the nation forward, Agri SA said.

“Agri SA therefore wholeheartedly supports the economic solutions outlined in the [Sona] to turn the country around and to create a future of hope, social cohesion, and prosperity for all,” Agri SA president Dan Kriek said on Saturday.
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Opposition parties give mixed reviews for Ramaphosa’s speech

Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation of Address (SONA) has received mixed reviews from opposition parties, with somearties give mixed rev welcoming his efforts to deal with corruption and reducing the size of government departments.

Ramaphosa gave his first SONA without any interruptions from opposition benches on Friday night.
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President Ramaphosa’s maiden State of the Nation

State of the Nation Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, 16 February 2018, Parliament

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete,

Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise,
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ANC caucus prepares to remove Zuma from office

The ANC caucus in Parliament will meet on Wednesday to discuss a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in case he refuses to step down in line with the ANC’s instruction.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Tuesday that the ANC NEC resolved that it would table its own motion of no confidence if Zuma failed to heed its call to resign.

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‘Tomorrow the president will respond’ – Magashule

The ANC national executive committee (NEC) has not set an official deadline for President Jacob Zuma to respond to their decision to recall him, but the party expects him to reply on Wednesday.

“Tomorrow the president will respond,” Ace Magashule, the ANC’s secretary general, said on Tuesday.

Magashule was answering questions during a press briefing on the NEC outcomes after a 13-hour meeting yesterday where the ANC’s highest decision body decided to fire Zuma.
“Tomorrow the president will respond,” Ace Magashule, the ANC’s secretary general, said on Tuesday.
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Don’t give in to Zuma’s ‘demands’ in exit talk— DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it was an insult to South Africans that President Jacob Zuma, according to reports, demanded a host of conditions as part of his removal of president.

The DA’s federal council chairperson James Selfe said on Sunday it was unthinkable and an insult to South Africans should he be granted his wishes after breaking his oath of office and disrespecting the constitution.
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Zuma goes down laughing— at us

On Wednesday morning, Baleka Mbete was asked in an eNCA interview how President Jacob Zuma “seemed” when she broke the news to him that he would not be permitted to address the House.

“He looked like the ordinary Jacob Zuma,” she responded, “always ready to laugh at life.”

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President Jacob ​Zuma agrees to resign

After refusing to vacate his office, President Jacob Zuma has reportedly agreed to resign as head of state, just hours after meeting ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa at a “constructive meeting” in Cape Town.

Zuma initially refused to resign after meeting with the ANC’s top six officials on Monday, and after the party convened a special national working committee (NWC) meeting on Tuesday, a decision on his fate was expected to be made on Wednesday.
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ANC wants SONA postponed until after Zuma resigns

The ANC national working committee (NWC) wants the Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete, to postpone Thursday’s state of the nation address (Sona) until President Jacob Zuma is kicked out of office.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to meet Mbete and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of postponing Sona until President Zuma leaves office in line with the NWC’s resolution taken during its meeting on Monday night.
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Zuma digs in heels ahead of SONA

President Jacob Zuma is adamant he will deliver his State of the Nation address (Sona) on Thursday, despite calls for him to step down.

The Mail & Guardian has reliably learned that Zuma told senior ANC leaders during a meeting at his official residence this week that he would reject any attempts to force him out as the country’s highest office before Sona.

“He [Zuma] has made it clear he would not accept any decision influenced by any ‘counter-revolutionaries’, including opposition parties. He said if it meant he should face impeachment and lose all his presidential benefits, he was prepared for that as a matter of principle,” said an ANC insider close to Zuma.
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Motion of no confidence in Zuma scheduled for February 22

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ request for a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma has been scheduled for February 22, a day after the budget speech.

Parliament’s presiding officers on Thursday said they had rejected the EFF’s request to hold the motion before next week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

This year’s SONA will go ahead as planned next week, irrespective of who is president of the country, they said.
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