Maimane slams Ramaphosa's SONA, says that the president is dreaming

Maimane slams Ramaphosa's SONA, says that the president is dreaming

- Mmusi Maimane slammed Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA

- He claimed that the speech lacked substantial plans for reform

-The DA leader said that the president merely recycled old ideas

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DA leader Mmusi Maimane says that Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA contained no bold new plans.

He says that the president just restated ideas which were already in the Constitution.

"He made statements about a dream while South Africans are living in a nightmare," Maimane said.

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Maimane added that the speech was heavy on rhetoric but light on substance. He said that the speech left many issues unaddressed.

For example, while Ramaphosa affirmed his commitment to the original mandate of the Reserve Bank, he did not address those within his own party who have pushed for the Reserve Bank to be nationalised.

As a result, Maimane claims that this is proof that Ramaphosa still faces significant factional battles inside the ANC, according to The South African. 

Consequently, Maimane said he thought that Ramaphosa's SONA was "nothing more than an acknowledgement of the systemic problems the country faces". ce partners such as the trade unions, which oppose several of Ramaphosa's reforms, like the restructuring of Eskom.

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Consequently, Maimane said he thought that Ramaphosa's SONA was "nothing more than an acknowledgment of the systemic problems the country faces".

He expressed doubt that it would lead to real economic change for the 10 million South Africans currently without work.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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