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President Cyril Ramaphosa dealt with a tough grilling from opposition parties during the State of the Nation Address debate in Parliament.
Our focus now must be on creating an enabling environment for businesses to recover, and for economic growth that spurs job creation and attracts investment.
— Cyril Ramaphosa ?? #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) February 15, 2021
DA leader John Steenhuisen accused the president of failing to defend the Judiciary and Constitution when former president Jacob Zuma snubbed the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Zuma again failed to appear despite a Constitutional Court order and argued that he could not appear before the outcome of his application to have the commission chair recused.
Steenhuisen told the National Assembly that aside from a few lines about COVID-19 and vaccines, this year’s SONA was more or less a repeat of 2020, 2019, and 2018.
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“Mr President. You can either help us reform the economy now, or you can take your chances with the fire that will follow.” – @jsteenhuisen
Reject EWC, BEE, the Mining Charter, NHI and Reserve Bank nationalisation. pic.twitter.com/28J48Pn7ey
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) February 16, 2021
The opposition party leader moved to mock the president’s flowery speech and metaphors, adding that Ramaphosa failed to mask the shortcomings that were so very obvious in the body of the speech.
Ramaphosa knows economic growth is the only way to beat poverty. Yet he failed to deliver an economic growth agenda.
Just as fynbos needs fire every 20 years to renew itself, our country needs a similar blaze of renewal, in the form of a new government.https://t.co/vR8hM66Hjs
— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) February 11, 2021
Similar sentiments were echoed by EFF leader Julius Malema who called the president incompetent.
“The unemployment rate was at 26% when Ramaphosa came into office and it now stands at 30%,” Malema reasoned.
He wants the president to take responsibility for the 2 million breadwinners who have lost their jobs in 2020.
[MUST WATCH]: @Julius_S_Malema says it is no surprise that when Ramaphosa announced the first lockdown, he announced fake commitments of billions of donations from the Ruperts and Oppenheimers which never reached our people. #CICsonaResponse pic.twitter.com/cYTGldJB3P
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) February 16, 2021