- South Africans have shared their thoughts about the possible outcome of the State of the Nation Address (SONA)
- President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing the nation at 7pm on Thursday, 11 February
- #SONA2021 is currently in the top three of the Twitter trends in South Africa
The 2021 State of the Nation Address (SONA) is scheduled for 7pm on Thursday, 11 February. The SONA will be held with a small number of people as per Covid-19 regulations within South Africa.
Demonstrations and protests will have designated areas, however, no civilian aircrafts will be permitted in the restricted airspace. SAns have also taken to Twitter to discuss what the possible outcome of the SONA will be.
The hashtag #SONA2021 is at the number three position in the top trending topics in Mzansi.
A report by News24 stated that the National Joint Operational and Intelligence structure released a statement which confirmed that only those without valid accreditation will be allowed in restricted areas or Parliament.
Sowetan Live reports that the SONA will cost the country R100 000. It has previously cost the country around R9.2 million rand but the amount was capped at R2.2 million in 2019.
Briefly.co.za compiled a few of the top tweets under the trending hashtag. Read some of them below:
"What is this tight security for when #SONA2021 will only be attended by fewer people... Is there really a need for this? Fruitless and wasteful expenditure."
"I mean, what does a president SAY after the year we've just had? #SONA2021"
"If I hear broad stories from the president tonight, I’m gonna lose my mind. #SONA2021"
"South Africa is alive with possibilities. 500 plus police officers to provide security to 50 delegates at Parliament. Our law enforcers prefer to face a non-existing security threat. #SONA2021 #SONA21."
"I'd like him to tell us one thing the ANC government has actually done that is bearing fruits for SA. He needn't waste his time prioritizing anything - nothing will get done."
In other SA political news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that ActionSA has called for parties to unite and dethrone the ruling party. Speaking during a virtual address on Tuesday party leader Herman Mashaba revealed his hopes of achieving this by 2024.
The address is Mashaba's build-up to President Cyril Ramaphosa's upcoming State of the Nation Address, which his set to take place on Thursday evening.
Commenting on his bold call to action, Mashaba made it clear that SA needs to shake off the ANC in order to excel
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