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S/Africa’s opposition parties slam Ramaphosa’s SONA address

There was nothing new in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) which he delivered in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, South Africa’s opposition parties said.Main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Thursday described Ramaphosa’s speech as “a state of no action and containing a lot of empty promises, a pipe dream.”

“It was all based on a dream of really no tangible plans on how we will get out of this trouble in the next five years. We should have seen more reforms and none were forthcoming,” Maimane said.

He said Ramaphosa’s stance on the South African Reserve Bank, that its mandate was unchanged, did not reflect what the ruling African National Congress’ resolutions taken in in 2017 at the ANC’s elective conference.

“Our state constitution gives the mandate of the Reserve Bank. The problem that the president is facing is that his party doesn’t agree with the position he is taking,” he said.

On his part, opposition Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said Ramaphosa’s speech said “nothing.”

Opposition Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said he hoped Ramaphosa would be able to fulfil his promises.

“I can say without any fear of contradiction that I have never heard any similar speech that was lauded as much as this. Most of the things he cited concerned what every one of us lacks,” Buthelezi, a traditional Zulu prince, said.

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