Julius Malema, leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, speaks during a media briefing at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 12, 2018.
JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his much anticipated State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Cape Town on Friday night.
President Ramaphosa received multiple standing ovations during his speech but opposition parties are cautiously optimistic about the future of their positions. President Ramaphosa suggested that he would be reducing cabinet positions in cabinet.
After the address DA leader Mmusi Maimane critically claimed that when one looks at Ramaphosa’s speech it is “more of the same”.
EFF leader Julius Malema gave his opinion of the speech and says that Ramaphosa told them what they wanted to hear and that his implementation plans were not clear.
EFF leader Julius Malema speaking to @lesterkk about President Ramaphosa&39;s SONA2018 speech: "There is no plan. The man just told us what we wanted to hear." Courtesy DStv403 pic.twitter.com/peIxyZqyvZ— eNCA (@eNCA) February 16, 2018
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe was, however, more optimistic about the Ramaphosa’s era as president of South Africa. Radebe highlights that there are timelines that President Ramaphosa has set out for the next three to six months to make sure that the promises in the speech as met.