- Julius Malema was not impressed with President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address
- The Economic Freedom Fighter leader slammed the president for having abandoned the National Development Plan, as well as his commitment to land reform
- Malema was not impressed with Ramaphosa's 'smart city' ideal, saying that the president had been scant with details
While delivering his SONA, the president reminded South Africa that 106 years had passed since the apartheid government implemented the Natives Land Act, dispossessing black people in the process.
While the ANC adopted a policy to expropriate land without compensation to address past injustices, no mention of it was made in Ramaphosa's speech.
Reacting to this outside of Parliament, Malema said that the ANC has abandoned the agenda:
“The president said nothing about the land. That which the president said is going to happen is what has been happening and has not delivered land to our people. The ANC has abandoned the agenda to expropriate land without compensation because they make black people stupid."
The EFF leader blasted the ruling party for using the agenda during their election campaign, but failing to follow through:
“Instead of expropriating land without compensation, the president is daydreaming. The days of dreaming are over, he must be woken up. The man wanted to be president for the last 30 years, he still doesn’t know what he wants to do for South Africa.”
As far as the National Development Plan goes, Malema feels that the president has deviated from the plan, which called for 11 million jobs by 2030, while Ramaphosa aims to create 2 million by 2029.
He also claimed that the president was over-reaching as far as his youth employment initiatives were concerned:
“The man spoke about one million youth employment initiatives, but according to their own website, only 6,000 of those initiatives were created. The 11 million jobs of the NDP has been abandoned and we have a new plan called dreams. He must be honest that the economy is not growing at the rate we want, therefore I have no idea what to do.”
Ramaphosa's 'smart city' dreams were scant on details, according to Malema, who said the president should not be 'dreaming' of things that he does not have the details to execute, reports The South African.
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