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South Africa’s annual State of the Nation Address, or SONA, will be given by the country’s president Jacob Zuma in Cape Town later today. For Capetonians, that means awful traffic congestion leading out of the city. For South Africans, this means an annual update on the government’s countrywide plans.
Regarding the latter, it seems that President Zuma just can’t wait to talk to his citizens.
The South African Government’s official Twitter account posted an update earlier today, featuring a 16 second clip of Zuma expressing his excitement to address the nation.
“Today we are looking forward to the State of the Nation Address,” he explains.
“The time has come, the day has come, wherein we are going to be talking to the nation. And we are very happy that this moment has come.”
— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) February 9, 2017
Prior to SONA though, the South African public has taken to Twitter to express their excitement.
President Jacob Zuma will tonight deliver his State of the Nation Address to South Africans
Users are highlighting the biggest talking points in the lead up to the Address, including the deployment of army troops in Cape Town, and the (extremely unlikely) possibility of the President stepping down from his role as the head of South Africa today.
— JosKangaRoux (@josleroux) February 9, 2017
— IG:AdvBarryRoux (@Barry_Roux) February 8, 2017
The great coach of SANDF FC, Jacob Zuma will be playing 442 (441 + Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula) tonight when his team comes against Peoples Team
— Mandisi Hashim Alma (@RealMandisi) February 9, 2017
I hope that this will be Zuma’s last state of the nation address #SONA2017
— SeeFisO (@dagalela) February 9, 2017
— V Paps Khumalo (@vongani2) February 9, 2017
Some have also found a way to drag Beyonce into this too.
— Billionaire (@B_BRYTON) February 9, 2017
The actual address given by Zuma will begin at 7pm SAST.