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Mbete won’t divulge details on alleged security threats at Sona

Mbete says Parliament’s aware of the threats and has raised them in discussions with security authorities.

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has declined to spell out details of Parliament's security plans for President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Weekend reports suggested a ring of steel would be thrown around Zuma when he addresses both houses of Parliament on Thursday evening.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's demanding that the president first explain his sacking of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, but African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Collen Maine's warned that those who seek to disrupt Sona "must prepare themselves for a civil war".

The City of Cape Town has meanwhile granted permission to the #ZumaMustFall Movement, the Democratic Alliance and the Ses'khona People's Movement to stage three separate marches hours before Zuma's set to take centre-stage.

At a briefing earlier today, Mbete said security would be as tight as it usually is for the Sona.

Mbete says Parliament's aware of the threats and has raised them during in-depth discussions with the police, State security and the defence force. But she's not giving any details.

"We pay very particular attention to the detail, which we are not going to discuss. It's not detail for this briefing."

She says security is carefully planned for every Sona because of the high-level nature of the event.

The speaker condemned threats to disrupt it as irresponsible and provocative and says parliament's asked that no stone be left unturned in ensuring the event runs smoothly.