- The EFF leader slammed Ramaphosa, saying that the president had cribbed policies from the EFF
- Specifically, he accused Ramaphosa of stealing the EFF's idea to provide all learners with tablets
- Malema said that this was proof that the ANC had no ideas of its own
While Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech drew a mostly positive response, the EFF's Julius Malema took major issue with it.
He accused the president of stealing policy ideas from his party's election manifesto.
Specifically, Malema claimed that Ramaphosa had plagiarised the idea of providing all learners with tablets.
Malema made these accusations while speaking to a journalist outside Parliament after the speech.
While his party did not disrupt Ramaphosa's address as it had threatened to do, he nevertheless took shots at the president afterward, according to eNCA.
"This is a clear indication that the President has got nothing to offer and we are happy that he himself acknowledges that this is the last State of the Nation Address," Malema said. He will go done in history as the last President of the ANC."
Likewise, the EFF's Floyd Shivambu accused Ramaphosa of copying the EFF's policies regarding basic education.
Additionally, the EFF has alleged that the ANC only adopted land expropriation without compensation as policy position after the EFF did, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Nevertheless, this criticism from the EFF was less harsh than what the party has previously hurled at Ramaphosa and the ANC. Several commentators have chalked this up to Ramaphosa's so-called 'charm offensive'.
The president notably began his speech with jokes aimed at Julius Malema and Mmusi Maimane. He said that if Malema won the election, Ramaphosa would publically sing Hugh Masekela's 'Thuma Mina' song.
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