- AfriForum claims that President Cyril Ramaphosa is still clinging to the same old ANC recipe
- The lobby group put forward their critique of the State of the Nation Address
- Ramaphosa was called upon to lay down concrete plans for South Africa's future
AfriForum is adamant that President Cyril Ramaphosa is sticking to the ANC's recipe for ruling the nation.
The lobby group released a statement to this effect, condemning the emphasis on the usual policies:
“If Ramaphosa laid down concrete plans on how to, among other things, stimulate economic growth (which is currently 0%), reassure international investors and tackle unemployment, one could take this state of the art seriously. However, Ramaphosa's SONA is like giving poison to a sick patient and saying that it will heal him/her."
The group's head of policy, Ernst Roets, said it fails his logic as to why Ramaphosa would highlight land expropriation without compensation:
“However, it remains a mystery to AfriForum why the government continues to cling to a universally-failed policy."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa heralded the release of over 700 000 hectares of land for agricultural developments during the SONA.
While this move is a welcome one for many, Roets explained that this narrative formed part of the reason why AfriForum encourages citizens to become independent of the government:
“That is why AfriForum encourages communities to become more independent and independent of the state. In our pursuit, we establish neighbourhood watches and branches nationwide; do we have a private prosecution unit; fight our socialist policies such as NHI and expropriation without compensation, and tackle our corruption and hate speech cases in the courts."
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