Although President Cyril Ramaphosa managed to keep the EFF at bay during his State of the Nation Address, the gloves came off as Julius Malema stepped up to the mic at the debate. Here's 5 stinging quotes from the EFF leader's address.
When Julius Malema stepped up to the podium at Parliament's SONA debate on Tuesday he addressed President Cyril Ramaphosa with a scathing argument.
The Economic Freedom Fighter presented his point of view on vital issues from Eskom to the recent oil and gas discovery off the Southern Cape coast.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Malema had felt Ramaphosa was just a shrewd businessman disguised as the president.
Eskom and the proposed split
Malema had not minced words when dealing with the infamous power utility, he had felt that the proposed unbundling of the entity was a cover for privatisation:
"You have already started the privatisation of Eskom's power generation because effectively, independent power producers are a privatisation of Eskom. Your approach to Eskom is going to destroy the power utility, and as people who are going to be here and still active in the next thirty to forty years, we are not going to allow you to destroy Eskom."
'Catalyst' find that fails to pack a punch
During his State of the Nation Address Ramaphosa touched on the recent 'game-changing' discovery made by the French company Total off the coast of Mossel Bay. Malema feels that the president had failed to point out the true benefactor from the find:
"You made an announcement here, that Total has made a discovery which you claim will be a game changer. What you didn't say is that more than 90% of the oil and gas discovery will benefit foreign companies."
Malema has never ( and probably will never) forget one of the main reasons for his expulsion from the ANCYL, namely- his views on land expropriation. Keeping true to this, the EFF leader remained unimpressed by Ramaphosa's efforts to 'fast-track' the process:
"You have never believed in the expropriation of land without compensation, and the report which was adopted by this democratic parliament already has said that this fifth parliament must conclude this work. Your leadership will fail to do so because you're not convinced about the need to take back the land from colonial settlers, the majority of whom are your friends."
Improving Education infrastructure
Malema had clearly felt that the president had approached improving education from all the wrong angles, but sought to correct him for his attempts:
''Let us build school infrastructure, abolish pit toilets, and then roll out comprehensive early childhood development with a common curriculum. You cannot take three-year-olds to schools which have pit toilets."
The EFF head had pointed out the bitter irony of a student dying protesting for free education to the party who agreed to it:
"The decision to provide free education: The ANC agreed to [it], yet children are being killed for demanding that which you said you will provide. Today we have a memorial service of Mlungisi Madonsela, our revolutionary fighter, who was killed fighting for a just cause."
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