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Ramaphosa puts ANC above South Africa yet again – Pieter Groenewald

Pieter Groenewald |

11 February 2022

FF Plus leader says president wasn’t willing to make a single unpopular decision in his SONA

SONA 2022: Ramaphosa puts ANC above South Africa yet again

11 February 2022

More promises, more empty words, more frameworks and task teams. Those are the only solutions that President Cyril Ramaphosa offered a country that is in critical condition in his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

There can no longer be any doubt that the President puts the ANC and its policies above South Africa and its people.

He was not willing to make a single unpopular decision, like abolishing cadre deployment to put the economy on the road to recovery.

The President did, however, acknowledge that unemployment is a serious problem and proceeded to announce a stimulus programme aimed at creating jobs. Unfortunately, it is merely cosmetic and unsustainable seeing as the government will drive the project. The President also acknowledged that certain legislation and regulations hamper job creation in the private sector, but failed to properly address the issue.

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President Ramaphosa, furthermore, acknowledged that the private sector must be the primary job creator in the country, so that is precisely where stimulus through change is needed to facilitate sustainable job creation.

The President recognised that the agricultural sector has a lot of potential to create more jobs and bring about economic growth.

But if he were serious about unlocking this potential, he would have announced some form of aid for commercial farmers who recently suffered great losses due to floods. He would also have prioritised rural safety. The agricultural sector cannot flourish while farmers are being slaughtered.

The announcement that 12 000 additional police officers will be appointed and that changes will be made to the management and expertise of al the intelligence services is welcomed.