- Both the public and opposition parties have put Ramaphosa under a lot of pressure to deliver in his SONA speech
- The DA and EFF have also called on him to explain his son's R500 000 payment from Bosasa's Gavin Watson
- Ramaphosa will also have to address economic concerns and how the government will take on state capture
With his SONA speech hours away, Cyril Ramaphosa is under immense pressure to provide a way forward for improving the economy and dealing with corruption.
The last few weeks have been turbulent for the president, with suspicion growing about his son's R500 000 payment from Bosasa's Gavin Watson.
Opposition parties have also called on Ramaphosa to explain the situation and start taking action against those responsible for state capture, with the EFF even threatening to disrupt his address if he fails to explain himself adequately.
In response to the criticism, Ramaphosa has said that he met with the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to explain the money from Bosasa.
Additionally, he has repeatedly said that there was nothing underhand about the payment. He has also said that his campaign tried unsuccessfully to return the money.
But corruption is not the only issue Ramaphosa will have to address in his speech. He will also need to take on the healthcare and education systems - both of which have been struggling.
On top of that, he will need to provide a clear course of action for reinvigorating South Africa's economy, as unemployment hovers around 27% and the nation's debt steadily approaches 60% of GDP.
The president has been hard at work trying to drum up international investment and calm the fears of foreign capital at Davos, but the rand has remained turbulent and forecasts on economic growth are still pessimistic.
Ramaphosa will have to provide clarity and a strong vision on all these issues, in the face of growing impatience among the electorate and increasing pressure from parties like the DA.
Earlier this week, the party's leader Mmusi Maimane said South Africa was going down the wrong path and that the ANC had not delivered the promises of 1994.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY’s news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!