Parliament has confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma will be attending the State of the Nation Address(SONA) on Thursday.
With the controversy of his arrest still hanging in the air,it will be interesting to see if he will show up.
Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe also confirmed their attendance, Parliament confirmed.
Zuma did not attend any of President Cyril Ramaphosa's previous three SONAs.
He has been in the news in the last few days after Judge Dhaya Pillay of the High Court in Pietermaritzburg issued a warrant for his arrest for his no show at court this week on the arms deal charges.
Zuma was reportedly receiving treatment abroad. But the judge had questioned the sick note he submitted in court and this will be Zuma’s first Sona since he stepped down as the country’s president on 14 February 2018.
According to Parliament, the budget for SONA 2020 is considerably less than previous years, at R2.1m.
Proceedings are set to begin at 19:00.