South Africa: #SONA2020 - a Good Effort, but Could Try Harder


President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech was filled with grand plans. But we have heard elements of them before. Part of the problem is that the government moves at a glacial pace. Urgency does not seem to exist in the bureaucratic culture.

So, after all the build-up and conjecture, SONA happened. President Cyril Ramaphosa gave a good speech. He demonstrated understanding of the country's deep anger and frustration at the effects of a decade (and counting) of economic stagnation and decline. He appeared engaged, compassionate and knew when to throw in a smile, joke or personal touch. Statesmanlike.

What a contrast with his predecessor who went through the motions, giggling, while his administration betrayed the hopes and dreams of our people with self-serving, lethargic, incompetent and corrupt maladministration.

A brief note on the EFF's antics. What began as an urgent, imaginative and effective protest against an illegitimate President Jacob Zuma, is now a mere opportunistic attempt to steal the spotlight at the highest value hour on the annual political calendar. I don't condemn the EFF for this opportunism. As the political David to the ANC's Goliath - referencing the size disparity only, not their respective virtues - it is an understandable...

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