DA Vows to Challenge State of Disaster After Pushing for It Since July 2022, SA Slams Party for Flip-Flopping

DA Vows to Challenge State of Disaster After Pushing for It Since July 2022, SA Slams Party for Flip-Flopping

  • The Democratic Alliance set tongues wagging after it announced that the party would be challenging the state of disaster in court
  • This comes after the opposition party has been calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a state of disaster over SA's energy crisis
  • The move has South Africans scratching their heads and the DA has been slammed for flip-flopping

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CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance is determined to challenge the state of the disaster declared over South Africa's energy crisis during Ramaphosa's Sona.

The Democratic Alliance plans to oppose the state of disaster declared over SA's energy crisis
The Democratic Alliance plans to oppose the state of disaster declared over SA's energy crisis. Image: Darren Stewart & Stock image
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This shocked many South Africans because the opposition party has been persistently pressuring the African National Congress-led government to declare one.

During the Sona on Thursday, 9 February, Ramaphosa declared the state of disaster to enable government to support businesses in food production, storage and retail supply chain, including the rollout of generators, solar panels and uninterrupted power supply, TimesLIVE reported.

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The opposition party claimed they plan to oppose the state of disaster because they want to prevent a repeat of the widespread corruption that happened during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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South Africans question if the DA knows what it wants

One social media user posted a video of DA leader John Steenhuisen calling for a state of disaster in July 2022 to highlight the hypocrisy of the DA's latest antics.

Citizens slammed the DA for changing their tune on the national state of disaster.

Below are some comments:

@nature_ti commented:

"Everyone agrees that a state of disaster must be declared, just that they don't want it done as they will have nothing to blame Ramaphosa for."

@RNR98765 slammed:

" 'Flip-floppers' comes to mind. Also, 'useless opposition' is obvious."

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@HopSunnyBunny said:

"I don’t know who is worse… these ones or the EFF."

@ShaunK_86 claimed:

"This is what happens when you constantly complain and you can't remember what you've complained about."

Sona 2023: SA applauds DA arriving at Ramaphosa’s address in all-black for “funeral of our country”

In another story, Briefly News reported that the Democratic Alliance made a statement when it arrived at Cape Town City Hall for the State of the Nation Address.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to address the country on Thursday evening, 9 February, on the successes of 2022 and the goals and objectives of 2023, SABC News reported.

The government spared no expense in rolling out the red carpet to welcome Members of Parliament, politicians and South Africa's political and social elite. But the DA stood out from the crowd for their choice of attire.

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Lerato Mutsila (Current affairs editor) Lerato Mutsila is a journalist with 3 years of experience. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pearson Institute of Higher Education in 2020, majoring in broadcast journalism, political science and communication. Lerato joined the Briefly News current affairs desk in August 2022. Mutsila is also a fellow of the 2021/2022 Young African Journalists Acceleration programme, which trained African journalists in climate journalism. You can contact Lerato at lerato.mutsila@breifly.co.za

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