South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday provided arguments on why he should not be prosecuted for corruption, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.
"Whoever is president will [deliver Sona]...that is all we know‚" National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise said during a news conference in Parliament.
Zuma is scheduled to deliver SONA in Parliament on February 8.
Speculation is rife that senior ANC leaders are engaged in tough negotiations to remove Zuma from office.
"It can not be correct that because there is a threat of disruption that we tell the head of state not to speak here".
"The factors that are driven by the preparation that has been done, outweigh any reason for us to organise a special sitting". I can not hear a persuasive argument ... I can not hear a persuasive argument ... various factors, driven by our preparations for Sona, outweigh any reason for us to have a special sitting.
Since Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as ANC President in December, pressure has been mounting on Zuma to resign. Parliament will not take that decision.... "We want to have the smoothest State of the Nation Address in spite of the threats [of disruption]‚" said Tsenoli.
South Africa's biggest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has also written to the National Assembly Speaker asking for the SONA to be postponed until Zuma is removed, while the country's third biggest party, the Economic Freedom Fighters have asked for a motion of no confidence debate to be scheduled ahead of the speech.
Maimane said the ANC now had two centres of power, each holding starkly differing policies, ideological positions and plans of action.
The NPA said then that Zuma had until November 30, 2017 to make submissions before it decided whether to pursue the charges.
"As things stand‚ it would not be in the best interests of South Africa for Zuma to deliver the state of the nation address when there exists great uncertainty as to whether he will remain President‚ and if so‚ for how long".