MPs debate Ramaphosa's SONA: Eskom, state capture and braai packs

MPs debate Ramaphosa's SONA: Eskom, state capture and braai packs

- The big guns were brought out at Parliament, with opposition members debating the merits of Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address

- No blows were spared at Members of Parliament mercilessly dismantled the president's speech

- From Eskom to state capture the MPs had a lot to say to not only those in attendance, but South Africa

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Both the Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters brought their A game to the SONA debate.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was lambasted in the National Assembly on Tuesday following the recent bout of load shedding.

A hot topic at the address had been the situation at Eskom, with Stage 4 load-shedding being implemented on Monday.

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Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA, had refereed to Ramaphosa's time as deputy under ex-president Zuma, asking:

"This morning's headlines say that you were 'shocked' by Stage 4 load shedding. How can you be shocked, Mr President? You were there all along,"

Julius Malema, commander in cheif of the EFF, had come out in firm opposition of the plan to unbundle Eskom, saying that Ramaphosa had 'abandoned politics and put profits before everything'. Malema had vowed that his party would not allow it.

The ruling party had also remarked on the embattled entity, with Jackson Mthembu saying:

"The crisis at our power utility Eskom is a cause for concern as it negatively affects our economic ambitions. We are nonetheless hopeful that our government will act swiftly to arrest this situation, especially the current episodes of load shedding."

Another hotly debated point had been corruption, a common theme for Parliament, with MPs calling for the heads of minister implicated at the Zondo Commission.

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Mthembu had commented that those implicated in wrongdoing should appear to give their own 'credible versions':

"We fully agree with the president that alleged criminality must swiftly be followed by investigations by our law enforcement agencies,"

The ANC Chief Whip had said the party was behind the new NPA head, Shamili Batohi, who they hope will prosecute without fear unlike some 'unscrupulous opposition parties'.

Mmusi Maimane joined other opposition leaders in thier calls for Ramaphosa to put his money where his mouth is with a scathing review. The DA head has said South Africans wanted action and not talk shops and summits:

"But instead, Honourable President, you asked them on Thursday to wait some more. 'Watch this space'. That's what you told us several times during your SONA address. But that's all you've been doing for the past decade and it's all you've been doing for your entire first year in office. Watching and waiting."

Maimane had continued that the president had been watching unemployment grow as Eskom fell to pieces:

"You have been watching this space as the Gupta Leaks and the Zondo commission showed how our country was sold out for a braai pack, some beers and a Louis Vuitton handbag. Yet you were content to just watch and wait as your party robbed us blind."

Julius Malema had said they welcomed the president's apparent commitment to root out corurption, but hinted that Nomvula Mokonyane was still a minister because she had something on him:

"But I will never believe you until you fire [Minister of Environmental Affairs] Nomvula Mokonyane,"

DA MP Natasha Mazzone had hit home with her assessment of the situation, wondering:

"What exactly does it take to get arrested for corruption in South Africa?"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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