The State of the Nation Address (SONA) took place for the first time in 2008 — and you would think that since then, after countless brainstorms and interventions, that the country would be in a better “state” by now.
We’re now in 2020, and according to Twitter, South Africans still have bucket loads they feel need to be attended to and accounted for. President Cyril Ramaphosa may know this already but if not, he’s in for a rough time on Thursday 13 February.
Here’s what South Africans want Ramaphosa to address at SONA 2020 — the good, bad and the ugly.
South Africans host their own SONA
Many Twitter users took the time to provide useful and constructive advice for the president. They outlined what, in their opinion, should be done in future and what Ramaphosa should cover in his address.
One Twitter user listed the following points:
- Brutal honesty;
- A factual report on the progress made on your promises since the last SONA;
- Meaningful and tangible growth plans and strategies being implemented;
- An explanation of why the state capture thieves are still free;
- Cutting government expenses; and
- No spin and bull.
“President Ramaphosa needs to realise that you cannot negotiate with the State Capture thieves. They are protecting their loot and also staying out of jail. He needs to jettison them and let them face the night of the law. 90% of SA people will be behind him,” said another user.
Another Twitter user said that South Africa would only be stable once the following things have been handled:
- High profile looters have been arrested;
- Every household has clean drinking water;
- Each South African will have the right to own property;
- Job creation programs;
- A non-racial South Africa; and
- A president who can implement it all.
Here’s what Ramaphosa is being grilled for
Although there were some South Africans that gave Ramaphosa constructive criticism, there were of course, those that gave him a piece of their mind.
When asked “what are you most looking forward to hearing at SONA?” a Twitter user had this to say:
“Lie to me state of the nation address….”
“I most looking forward to load shedding so I don’t have to watch my tax money being spent on some overfed spivs making questionable fashion choices. Thanks,” said another user, sarcastically.Twitter user
“It will be the same old same old. Promises, lies and deception preceded by a show of opulence in the face of poverty, unemployment and starvation. For 25 years the masses have been duped into this so-called “Better Life For All” and “Moving SA Forward”. It is the exact opposite,” said a user.
Twitter user said they are looking forward to “nothing because whatever you say and promise, are just to keep the ANC in power and ability to continue the looting. You have no intention to move this country out of the dire situation it is in.”Twitter user