Speaker issues a stern warning to MPs ahead of SONA

Parliament’s presiding officers have sent out a strong message to MPs ahead of the state of the nation address (SONA).

The officers say that they will not be tolerating any disruptions during the opening of the sixth parliament.

“We don’t wish to go the route of inviting the protection services when members can abide by the rules that the members are now being taken through,” Lechesa Tsenoli said.

Tsenoli was re-elected as deputy speaker of the National Assembly last month. Newly elected speaker Thandi Modise echoed her deputy’s views.

“We will strictly go through the session relying on the rules of procedure,” Modise said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the first SONA of the sixth Parliament next week.

However, it remains to be seen if proceedings will run smoothly after the president was implicated in the public protector’s recent Bosasa report.

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