- On Thursday this week South Africa was addressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa for the annual State Of the Nation Address
- Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the SONA was far less glamorous than it usually is as the number of attendees was drastically cut down
- Because of this, many South Africans are of the opinion that the parliament can be successfully cut down to 50 members
On Thursday this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed South Africans during the annual State Of the Nation Address. While Ramaphosa delivered his usual promises and resolutions for the country going forward, this year's SONA was a lot different than those had in previous years.
This is because Covid-19 restrictions meant that the number of parliament members attending the event be drastically reduced. And so only 50 members were present at the SONA and the usual red carpet business was completely abandoned. As a result, some locals have come to conclude that perhaps there have been too many parliament members, to begin with.
"Today's #SONA2021 proves to us that we can cut down parliament from 400 representatives to 50. This can save us billions!," wrote one Twitter user, @ChristoThurston.
Soon many other locals were sharing their thoughts:
"That's just stupid...then why have democracy if 50 people will have all the power in this country it's just stupid thinking...there is a need to save tax money but not at the expense of our democracy"
"What's the difference between 400 is noisy and is just quantity, 50 will be quality and things will get done more proficiently."
In other Briefly.co.za news, 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, load shedding, 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.
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