- Maimane said that Ramaphosa did not adequately address crime or corruption
- He also said that the president' plans to improve the economy were not drastic enough
- However, he welcome Ramaphosa's announcement that the national elections would take place on 8 May
The DA's Mmusi Maimane says he was disappointed by Ramaphosa's SONA speech, claiming that it did not cover several major issues.
In the speech, the president laid out ambitious plans to attract foreign investment, overhaul ESKOM and implement a new Scorpions-like anti-corruption unit, among others.
However, Maimane slammed Ramaphosa for not committing to immediately prosecute those responsible for state capture. He also said that Ramaphosa neglected to address crime and did not provide a plan to stimulate the economy in the short term.
Speaking to journalists outside Parliament after the speech, Maimane also questioned the fact that Ramaphosa hardly mentioned the police service, which Maimane said needed improving.
The DA leader also expressed doubt about the president's commitment to putting corrupt officials behind bars, Briefly.co.za learned.
He added that Ramaphosa's plans to reduce unemployment were not drastic enough. Maimane claimed that for the country to recover, it was necessary for there to be at least one job in every home.
Earlier in the night, Maimane had also criticised the ANC's track record while in office and sung the DA's praises. "Where we are in government, unemployment decreases and corruption is eradicated," he said.
However, Maimane welcomed Ramaphosa's announcement that the 2019 national elections would be held on 8 May.
"The only game-changer and "space to watch" is the 8th of May 2019 when the people of South Africa remove the ANC," he wrote on Twitter.
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