National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has announced that the State of the Nation Address has been postponed.
The address was scheduled for 8 February.
However, Mbete says it had become clear that it was unlikely that a joint sitting of the two houses would be uneventful if it was held this Thursday as planned.
She adds that Parliament took into account views of political stakeholders, society and concerns in the political environment.
Mbete says that as Parliament was preparing to write to President Jacob Zuma to request the postponement of his address, he was already doing the same.
Standing on the steps of Parliament, Mbete says a new date will be set as soon as possible.
She says it's hoped that the address will not be postponed for more than a week, so as not to affect the tabling of the Budget.