- Mzansi citizens have reacted to President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech on Thursday night
- The citizens shared mixed opinions after Ramaphosa spoke to the nation about the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Eshom's load-shedding crisis, and the economy, among other things
- Many people shared that they were not impressed by the president's "empty promises"
Mzansi has reacted to President Cyril Ramaphosa following his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday night, 11 February.
The president touched on a number of issues including, corruption, loadshedding, creating jobs, the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine and the three months extension of the R350 Covid-19 relief grant.
Social media users have shared mixed reactions to Ramaphosa's speech. Many people have shared that the ANC-led government has been making the same promises for the past few years but has not implemented them.
Briefly.co.za has compiled some of the reactions from Mzansi citizens who took to Twitter to share their opinions after Ramaphosa's address. Check some of their comments below:
"Today's #SONA2021 proves to us that we can cut down Parliament from 400 representatives to 50. This can save us billions!"
"Cyril Ramaphosa wants the nation to believe a 10-month-old virus trashed the economy and jobs. The truth is that many years of ANC incompetence and corruption trashed the economy long before that."
"I’m not impressed at all about the Eskom issue and corruption. Loadshedding is our best friend here in Diepkloof."
"New year, same lies, empty promises, new hopes."
"R350 SRD was the only address."
"Young people prepare your CVs the president said they’re going to hire more qualified people in local municipalities and provincial govt offices."
"In summery, tonight's #SONA2021 was a report on the promises made last year and a Valentine's love letter to calm us down and make us forget about the real issues. A good address for the elite though."
"Sick and tired of hearing you talking about corruption, still waiting for the R500 billion looters' update."
In related news, Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa spoke about the coronavirus pandemic and the vaccine rollout in the country. The president stated that the AstraZeneca vaccine's low efficacy will not delay the vaccine rollout in the country, which is set to start in March.
Ramaphosa added that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is more effective against the 501Y.V2 variant, will be used. The country has secured 9 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with the first batch of 80 000 doses expected to arrive in the country next week.
Pfizer has also committed 20 million vaccines and the country has secured 12 million vaccine doses from the global COVAX facility. Ramaphosa confirmed that all provinces have a vaccine rollout plan.
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