JOHANNESBURG – This year’s imbongi during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) will be 19-year-old Masingita Shibambu, also known as Ntombhi Ya Mutsonga, a praise singer from Malamulele, Limpopo.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday be ushered into Parliament by Shibambu who will recite a poem in XiTsonga.
National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise said, “Languages for poetry are considered on a rotational basis to give all South African languages a fair and equal opportunity.”
Parliament shared her pictures on their Facebook account in anticipation of Sona.
In June 2019 a Khoisan praise singer led the president into Parliament for his State of the Nation Address for the first time in history.