- South Africans took to social media to react to President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech
- Ramaphosa had outlined the ruling party's plans for 2021, focusing on four key areas which included the ANC's policy on corruption
- South Africans reacted most strongly to Ramaphosa's warning to party members that the ANC would not protect them
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a speech to the ANC as the party celebrated its 109th birthday. The celebrations were held virtually due to the risk of spreading Covid-19.
Ramaphosa outlined four areas which the ruling party would focus on in 2021, these were the basic income grant, Covid-19 recovery, economic recovery and the party's integrity.
South Africans took to social media to react to Ramaphosa's speech with many of them expressing their opinions regarding the ANC, corruption and the president.
Here are some of the reactions:
"The man is trying to fix things. Nevertheless, even if he may be removed for trying to fix the Anc, he'll remain a hero for most people. Bravo Cyril."
"In your dreams, if he's fixing things as you saying why he hide his corruption in court."
"This guy bribed 43 judges and everyone else you are saying he's holly Face with rolling eyes."
"Ignorance is a disease. I've never seen a lie like Cyril in my whole life, maybe Ramaphosa is not his surname lie"
"We must stand united in the fight against corruption and greed. ANC must stop being George Orwell's pigs. This democracy is for ALL. Emancipation of the Black people has not been achieved yet ANC are squandering the least we have. Ramaphosa as The Leader must take a bold stance."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a speech to mark the party's 109th birthday, however, it wasn't all smiles and laughter.
Ramaphosa outlined four areas in which the government would prioritise in 2021. This included the Covid-19 response, economic recovery, and restoring the party's credibility.
He warned that the party had suffered significant reputational damage through the actions of individuals and its leaders.
He said that the ANC had been, "weakened by corruption... and by its leaders. There is a danger that internal conflicts can consume un and detract from the work we need to do."
In other news, the ANC is currently celebrating its 109th anniversary on Friday, with the party's top dogs taking to social media in an attempt to spread the cheer.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula lauded the movement as a beacon of hope in the country:
"To the oldest liberation movement in the African continent, the beacon of hope for the oppressed, disadvantaged and economically excluded, happy birthday to the ANC."
Head of Digital Communications in the Presidency, Athi Geleba, insisted that the ANC lives on:
"Happy birthday to the oldest and largest liberation movement on the African content. The glorious movement of President Oliver Tambo! The ANC Lives! The ANC Leads!"
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!