- Contrary to its usual antics, the EFF said Friday’s SONA will not be disrupted by its members
- Julius Malema said his party will give newly elected President, Cyril Ramaphosa, a chance to deliver the address peacefully
- But, the party vowed it will hold Ramaphosa accountable for his hand in the Marikana masacre
The Economic Freedom Fighters have vowed to give newly elected president, Cyril Ramaphosa a chance to deliver his first State of the Nation Adress in peace on Friday.
The EFF said it will not disrupt the SONA like it did when Jacob Zuma was the president of South African after Ramaphosa was elected the new president in the National Assembly and then sworn-in on Thursday.
Ramaphosa will convey government’s plan of action for the year ahead to South Africans during the SONA.
On Thursday, the EFF protested when the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, refused to allow their motion to debate the dissolution of Parliament.
In recent years, the EFF has disrupted the SONA and Parliament sittings by protesting against Zuma.
But, it seems times have changed as the vocal party promised it would not disrupt President Ramaphosa during the event today.
Julius Malema, the EFF president, said: “Our people are longing for a day where the State of the National Address will be delivered in a peaceful environment. We’re giving Cyril that chance.”
But, the peace will be short-lived. According to a report by Eyewitness News, Malema vowed the EFF would take on Ramaphosa for his role in the Marikana massacre, as well as for being part of a Parliament that failed to hold Zuma to account.
Malema said: “Zuma is gone, they should know that we’ll never retreat.”
Ramaphosa promised to serve the people of the country to his best ability when he gave his maiden speech as president in the National Assembly.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa spoke of the need to grow the economy, to combat corruption and sort out state-owned companies. At the same time, he vowed to take concrete steps in his State of the Nation Address later today.
“I do believe when one is elected in this type of position, you basically become a servant of the people of South Africa. And I will seek to execute that task with humility, with faithfulness and with dignity as well. That is what I will seek to do.”
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