Cool as a cucumber, President Cyril Ramaphosa responded to critics of his State of the Nation Address, saying he was not just dreaming but dealing with the reality of SA's people and laying out concrete actions.
Responding to MPs' reactions to his SONA, Ramaphosa said that government was not starting anew, but was laying out concrete plans to address present issues and lay a foundation for the next few years and beyond.
The president warned that there was no quick fixes or shortcuts to solving South Africa's problems, saying that the nation needs to do the right things, do them well, and do them without delay.
Briefly.co.za reported that opposition party Members of Parliament had not spared any blows in their response to Ramaphosa's address, criticising him for 'dreaming'.
However, it appears as if the president took the critical comments in his stride, deeming them 'not oppositional', but rather 'sharp-pointed' and 'direct'.
Despite the tongue-lashing, Ramaphosa praised those who raised concern, calling for detailed plans on how he would deliver things such as his 'Smart City':
“It was about the lived reality of our people and setting out what we need to do to achieve the South Africa we want. It was about articulating a vision and a direction for government’s programme.”
Ramaphosa pointed out that his address was merely an overview of the way forward, with ministers expected to provide details in the budget votes of their various departments, reports The Citizen.
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