- ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina has defended Cyril Ramaphosa's "dream"
- She refuted some criticism of the president's SONA
- Majodina also urged opposition party members to respect the president
ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina has defended some of the goals outlined by Cyril Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address.
Speaking in Parliament, Majodina defended Ramaphosa from criticism that his speech contained no real plans.
Majodina also called on opposition politicians to respect the president.
Majodina made the remarks as MPs debated Ramaphosa's SONA. Specifically, her comments came in response to critiques of Ramaphosa's SONA by several opposition party members. For example, DA leader Mmusi Maimane slammed the speech, saying it was heavy on rhetoric but low on substance.
Maimane also claimed that Ramaphosa's address contained no policy proposals which would help unemployed South Africans.
However, Majodina refuted these claims.
"The president has outlined more than 21 concrete plans on how to take SA forward," she said, according to The Citizen. "He was specific on how to grow the economy."
Additionally, Majodina said that while debate about the president's policies were permissible, insults were not. She said that some opposition politicians were trying to undermine the dignity of the president.
Consequently, she called on MPs to be mature in the way they criticised government. She also asserted that the ANC "will not descend into an arena of childishness and political vulgarity", Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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