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Presidency can’t meet demand for Sona tickets

The Presidency says Zuma’s office is flooded with inquiries each year from people wanting to attend.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma is set to deliver his speech next Thursday evening during a joint sitting of Parliament. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Presidency has taken the unusual step of advising that it can't meet the demand for tickets to attend this year's State of the Nation Address (Sona) by President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma is set to deliver his speech next Thursday during a joint sitting of Parliament.

Presidency spokesman Bongani Majola says the president's office is flooded with inquiries each year from people wanting to attend.

"The Presidency is inundated with enquiries each year around this time from members of the public and stakeholders who want to attend the Sona."

But Majola says there are only so many tickets to go round.

"The Presidency uses 20 tickets to invite key stakeholders and people who will be mentioned to the Sona, the other 20 are utilised for guests of the deputy president of the republic."

He says while the Presidency has, in previous years, arranged for an overflow area where guests could watch the speech, it won't be happening this year, due to the depressed economic climate.