President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to respond to the debate on his State of the Nation Address today. The ANC leader will be addressing views put forward by opposition parties, who lashed him over his dreams instead of laying out tangible plans for the way forward.
Members of Parliament gave President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address a firm lashing yesterday.
Today, Ramaphosa is expected to respond to comments made after sitting through yesterday's 10-hour sitting, where opposition speakers tore into his speech, claiming it was full of vision but lacking substance.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Julius Malema had urged the president to come clean on his BOSASA donation, claiming that Ramaphosa's presidency was hanging in the balance.
EWN reports that Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said that the nation wanted plans, not dreams:
“The longer you fail to take the hard decisions, the harder it will become to do so. The more you delay the deep reforms, the further the economy will drift away. The longer you pander to the corrupt and rotten in your party, the more the doubts are going to pile up.”
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said that the ANC had never claimed to be perfect, pointing out that they had admitted to their mistakes:
“We never hide them. We stumble and rise. And right now, we’re busy rising up for the sake of our people and we’re saying we still have dreams, dreams of a nation that is a beacon of hope and prosperity.”
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