Opposition political parties have climbed into President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) 2024, saying it was an African National Congress (ANC) election manifesto with the same old promises.
The Independent Online reported that the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said Ramaphosa’s speech was “a campaign speech that went wrong.” He said the ANC failed to own up to its failures and the mess it created over the past 30 years as the ruling party.
‘THEY’VE HAD OVER 30 YEARS TO BUILD SA BUT HAVE DONE NOTHING’
“What the president wanted to do was launch the ANC campaign. They have had 30 years to build this South Africa they are talking of, but they have not done it. We did not leave with the feeling that the ANC has taken ownership of the mess they have created,” he said.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) Youth Leader, Nicholas Nathi, said the president had “no plan” and said there was “no solution from this ANC government.
‘WHEN RAMAPHOSA SPEAKS ABOUT STATE CAPTURE, ITS AS IF HE WASN’T THERE’
African Transformation Movement (ATM) Leader Vuyo Zungula said that by all indications, Ramaphosa had failed since he took office in 2018. He also said Ramaphosa spoke about fighting State Capture as if he was not there.
“When he speaks about State Capture he speaks as if he wasn’t there. Some of the people implicated are serving in his Cabinet,” Zungula said.
RAMAPHOSA FAILED TO DELIVER COHERENT PLAN SAYS GOOD PARTY
GOOD party’s Brett Herron said Ramaphosa failed to deliver a coherent plan, but they were encouraged by promises about the green economy and the transition of energy.
Inkatha Freedom Party leader Velenkosini Hlabisa said the speech was a “joke, tantamount to an admission of failure”. “He delivered a manifesto, making promises after promises; nothing new,” he said.
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