- Dozens of people commented to share what they thought the president should address
- Common themes were a call for job creation, less wastage of tax funds and an end to corruption
- Most people who commented just wanted the government to do its job better and care a little bit more about citizens
Briefly.co.za took to Facebook to see what citizens thought about Cyril Ramaphosa's upcoming SONA speech and what kind of issues they would like to see him address.
There was a wide range of responses, from both staunch ANC supporters and those that were going to cast their vote elsewhere. But common themes were a focus on dealing with corruption, creating jobs and efficient governance.
While both the ANC and EFF have unveiled aspirational manifestos filled with lofty promises, the concerns people expressed on social media were a lot simpler.
"We want him to prosecute and fire all corrupt officials," wrote one Facebook user, Raviesh Bisnath - a demand which came up again and again in the comments.
Another asked for more policies aimed at reducing unemployment, but emphasised that it should be addressed at jobless people of all ages, not just the youth.
There were also calls for free education, implementation of land expropriation without compensation and improved use of tax funds.
One user, Gomolemo Mathews, had concerns that were a little more self-centered. "Increase my salary!" he posted.
A common thread among the comments was a call for effective implementation. There were few demands for radical policies or major transformations.
Instead, people just asked for government to waste less money, try harder to stimulate the economy and to punish those who stole from the taxpayer.
One Facebook user, Bongumusa Ngcongo, summed this sentiment up when he wrote, "All we want is a functional government which will give us what we vote for."
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