Opposition parties launch scathing attack at Ramaphosa accusing him of using Sona to launch ANC’s election manifesto

Opposition political parties in South Africa have criticized President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) for being nothing more than an election manifesto disguised as a speech.

They argue that the promises made by Ramaphosa are recycled and lack any real substance.

Nqabayomzi Kwankwa of the United Democratic Movement described the speech as a “campaign speech that went wrong,” suggesting that Ramaphosa was using the platform to launch the ANC’s election campaign.

Kwankwa also criticized the ANC for not taking responsibility for the current state of the country, saying, “We did not leave with the feeling that the ANC has taken ownership of the mess they have created.”

Velenkosini Hlabisa, leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, called the speech a “joke” and an “admission of failure.”

He accused Ramaphosa of delivering a manifesto filled with empty promises, stating, “There was nothing new.”

Nicholas Nathi, the Youth Leader of the Democratic Alliance, argued that Ramaphosa had no plan and that the ANC government had no solutions.

He questioned the effectiveness of the Police Minister, Bheki Cele, in fighting crime, saying, “If you want to fight crime, why is Bheki Cele still there?”

Vuyo Zungula, leader of the African Transformation Movement, expressed his disappointment in Ramaphosa’s performance since taking office in 2018.

He accused the president of speaking about fighting state capture as if he had no involvement in it himself.

These criticisms reflect the growing frustration among opposition parties and the public with the ANC government.

Many believe that the promises made by Ramaphosa are empty and lack any real plan for change.

The opposition parties argue that the ANC has had ample time to address the country’s issues but has failed to do so.

As South Africa looks ahead to the 2024 elections, it is clear that there is a deep divide between the ruling ANC and the opposition parties.

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