Last night’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) in South Africa was as disruptive as expected.
Earlier in the day, outside Parliament, supporters of President Jacob Zuma’s had ironically clashed with the police. Inside, it was a war of words that led to COPE and the EFF leaving the building but not before the latter had interrupted Zuma for 67-minutes.
As i watched the live stream on YouTube, i witnessed viewers tumble as they gave up on the long-winded affair. It’s unlikely that the president gained the attention of most South Africans, let alone overseas interests. As irritating as they were, as they meant to be, the EFF stole the show again.
“It is about doing things differently
and also acting on what may not
have been acted upon quickly before.”
However, the content of his speech was his boldest yet… but bold can only be bold if it’s true. I’ll let you decide on that and whether this is what you, the voter, want. Citizens of the Western Cape will be particularly interested in the first point:
- To remove Parliament as a ‘resident’ of Cape Town and unite it with the administration Executive in Pretoria.
- Reduction in government events, overseas travel and delegation sizes, beginning with the cancellation of the traditional banquet held after the Budget speech (to be held later this month). He urged everyone from state owned companies to Mayors to do the same.
- Reduction of red tape for foreign companies wanting to do business in SA.
- R100-million campaign by SA Tourism to increase domestic tourism.
- He also announced a state-owned pharmaceutical company.