Mixed expectations from opposition parties ahead of Ramaphosa’s address

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country has to take  extraordinary measures to ensure a speedy and sustainable economic recovery.

Some opposition parties have mixed expectations from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address during a Joint Sitting of Parliament on Thursday. These include how government will intervene to avoid the collapse of the SABC, Eskom and to address the unemployment crisis.

The President has written to National Assembly Speaker – Thandi Modise – calling for the joint sitting to outline the country’s economic reconstruction and recovery plan. In the letter, President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country has to take extraordinary measures to ensure a speedy and sustainable economic recovery.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Spokesperson on Finance – Geordin Hill-Lewis – says what the country needs, is an economic recovery tracker to hold government accountable instead of more economic promises from the President.

He says the DA officially launched its economic reform tracker on Tuesday.

“The purpose of the tracker is to hold government accountable to the many promises that they have made over the last two years since President Ramaphosa’s election as President, to wide-ranging economic reform and yet very little progress has been made on any of those promises. So, instead of more plans and more promises, we are going to hold the government to account for the promises that they have already made to reform the economy and our country to get South Africa growing again,” says Hill-Lewis.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP and Spokesperson on Finance and Public Enterprises – Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi – says one of the main issues in the president’s address should focus on how the government will address corruption.

“As the IFP we honestly don’t expect much that will change anything from the president on Thursday. Reason being the fact that there are many recovery plans that have been introduced but still, the problems are getting worse. For example, billions were allocated for COVID-19. The President himself promised people of South Africa that monies won’t be embezzled. But guess what happened? Monies were stolen. The only plan that we expect from the President is a plan to deal with corruption,” says Buthelezi.