It’s All Systems Go for SONA 2022

Written by on 8 February, 2022

By: Lindelani Mbatha

National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the decision to move the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to the Cape Town City Hall was not an easy decision.

Mapisa-Nqakula has been addressing media on Parliament’s state of readiness for SONA 2022 to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday.

The sitting was moved to the City Hall following a fire that engulfed Parliament and was contained after two days.

The fires severely damaged the National Assembly building, including the National Assembly Chamber, where the official sittings of both Houses of Parliament are usually held.

A total of 298 MPs will be in the chamber while a limited number of 70 people will be allowed in the gallery.

Mapisa-Nqakula says the decision to move the event outside of the Parliament precinct was in accordance with the Joint rules of Parliament that determine where a Joint Sitting may be held.

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