The SONA debate has given the ANC's formal opposition in Parliament a platform from which to launch an attack on the merits of Cyril Ramaphosa's speech.
Julius Malema of the EFF was not as gentle with Ramaphosa as the DA's Mmusi Maimane was. Malema did offer to “give Cyril a chance” but then proceeded to find fault with almost everything Ramaphosa had to say in his speech.
Juju fell short of calling Ramaphosa a liar and settled on claiming that the new president was "bluffing" over his promises regarding land expropriation without compensation. He claimed the Ramaphosa was only trying to keep investors happy. He even warned Ramaphosa not to get too comfortable as he would only be in office for 12-months.
Briefly.co.za put together these 5 scathing attacks Malema made on Ramaphosa speech with the help of thesouthafrican.com.
1. Familiar threats
“The people of SA must still be vigilant, as the ANC are still in power. We want to give you a chance, but only because you aren’t guilty of being a constitutional delinquent.”
2. A lesson on humility
“A country degenerates if you allow individuals to become delinquents. Mr President, you are no king. You are a leader of the people. You must welcome criticism, and always defend the right of people to disagree with you. Don’t abuse your power.”
3. Reading between the lines
“Comrade President, we listed whilst you spoke. You had a chance to explain your plans. But you have no clear plans to solve youth unemployment or collect missing tax. Mr President, you are here for 12 months. With your speech, you are effectively saying ‘I will be gone after 12 months’.”
4. Calling his bluff
“Your promise of land expropriation without compensation didn’t catch headlines because people know you are bluffing. Any investor knows this is something to worry about.”
5. An eye for an eye
“This is not something to pass time with. It’s an emotive issue; only mention it if you mean it. There are no conditions for expropriation. There were no conditions when our people lost their land… they were just killed.”
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