- The State of the Nation Address is drawing closer and Pule Mabe has weighed in on what the ANC expects
- The spokesperson says the ruling party wants an energising statement of hope for South Africa
- Mabe hopes the message will reach the poorest citizens, giving them confidence in the government
Spokesperson Pule Mabe has outlined what is expected from President Cyril Ramaphosa during tomorrow's State of the Nation Address.
Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF's threat to disrupt the event still hangs in the air but the ANC is pushing forward despite the risk.
The ANC, according to Mabe, expects a message of hope to energise citizens, reaching out to the poorest and instilling confidence in the government's ability to provide, reports News24.
Commenting on the situation on the sidelines of the ANC lekgotla, Mabe highlighted this expectation:
“We believe that there must be a statement and a message of hope coming out strong, one that begins to energise our people and assures them that things are going to be better. We are going there ourselves, confident and looking forward to a message that will give our people hope."
The importance of the message touching those who are living in poverty was tantamount to success:
“The people of Ga-Rankua in Tshwane want to be reinvigorated, they want to believe that they will go to a home where there is electricity, that the young people who are roaming the streets there are going to have jobs. The people of Soweto need to know that there is going to be a concerted programme to deal with load-shedding.”
Nation-building, hope and assurance was the clear order of the day for Ramaphosa's speech:
“We need to assure all of them that work is going on to deal with all of these challenges. It’s about hope, building the South Africa we want."
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