South Africa considering delaying state of the nation speech — speaker

A request from South African opposition parties to postpone the president’s state of the nation address “is receiving consideration”, the parliament’s speaker Baleka Mbete said in a letter to the country’s main opposition party seen by Reuters.

Opposition parties want the state of the nation speech, which President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to deliver on Thursday, postponed until after a no-confidence vote on Zuma’s leadership. The speaker of parliament has scheduled the no-confidence vote for Feb 22.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma was chairing routine cabinet committee meetings in Cape Town on Tuesday and not holding a “special cabinet meeting” as reported in local media, his spokesman said.

Bongani Ngqulunga said a full cabinet meeting was scheduled for next Wednesday, dismissing speculation in domestic media the embattled president had called a meeting to discuss his future with his cabinet colleagues. Reuters.com