South Africa: Time to Take the Nation Into Your Confidence, Mr President


There are decisive steps that President Cyril Ramaphosa can take that will restore the confidence of the nation in these troubled times, and the State of the Nation Address will be the ideal moment to announce these. Here are some pointers.

It is patently clear to me that the nation wants an honest and candid report on the state of our nation come the opening of Parliament, and not that sombre retort of January 8 2020. Second, it is also clear that many people are disillusioned after the "so-called" inaction on the part of President Cyril Ramaphosa. He is too slow, it seems he does not possess the urgency that is required, some going as far as to say he has no backbone, this president. It has been two years already and we have had only more of the same.

And so the dinner table conversations go on unabated. It is for this reason that I'm convinced the president must take the nation into his confidence and tell us exactly what it is he is enduring and what the possible solutions might be.

For starters, the State of the Nation Address (SONA) must be undergirded by talk of jobs, jobs...

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