- While South Africans gather to listen to the State of the Nation Address, Herman Mashaba will be sitting it out
- The former Johannesburg mayor has announced that he will be boycotting the event
- The stubbornly high level of unemployment, according to Mashaba, is the real state of SA
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Herman Mashaba has announced that he will be boycotting the State of the Nation Address this year.
Releasing a statement on his reasons behind the move, Mashaba laid into the president:
"Despite the grand promises made by President Cyril Ramaphosa, and the billions in investment his leadership has allegedly attracted to South Africa, the reality on the ground has gone from bad to worse. Indeed, unemployment increased by 2 percentage points since he took office. This is the true state of the nation."
The stifling levels of unemployment seem to have played a large role in Mashaba's view of the current situation in the country:
"That is why I will be boycotting watching Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address on Thursday. The time for empty promises delivered to a fancy-dress party has long passed."
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Mashaba has measured Ramaphosa and evidently found the president lacking in delivery:
"Despite the initial 'Ramaphoria', our state-owned entities continue to cripple our fiscus, load-shedding has once again become a regular occurrence, policy is no less certain than the day he took office, and no single high-profile ANC politician has yet to find themselves behind bars. The self-serving party political system has failed the ordinary residents of South Africa, with Ramaphosa ultimately serving the ANC and the tripartite alliance, and not the people of this great country."
The former Democratic Alliance politician revealed this inaction had prompted him to begin his own movement:
"That is why The People's Dialogue will continue to engage the residents of South Africa as we seek to build people-based alternatives. We need leaders who talk less and act more, and do not shy away from tackling the difficult challenges we face."
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