State of the Union address: ‘Clearly Ramaphosa doesn’t know what we know’


Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa totally misused the 2024 State of the Nation address in a desperate attempt to make an election speech.

But even this failed and all he could brag about were promises that were never fulfilled and a country that in fact does not exist at all, says Dr. Pieter Groenewald, FF Plus leader.

“This tactic could blow up in the government’s face. People are not stupid and they have long enough accepted the ANC’s lies in good faith. Every day they experience a totally different reality than the one the president sang about tonight. There is no freedom in such an existence.”

According to Groenewald, Ramaphosa showed unequivocally with his state of the nation speech that he and the ANC government are completely removed from the problems that ordinary South Africans struggle with on a daily basis.

“He obviously doesn’t know what ordinary South Africans know. In a general election year there are two state speeches. One before and one after the election. All right-thinking South Africans must now ensure that pres. Ramaphosa does not get another turn to speak with the state speech after the election.”

‘Another South Africa’

According to ActionSA, South Africans who listened to Ramaphosa’s State of the Union address last night would be forgiven if they thought they were living in a different country than the one described by the president.

“The reality is that the president’s superficial, low-impact interventions have done little to demonstrate real accountability for corruption, tackle disruptive burden-shedding, improve educational outcomes or grow our job-killing economy,” Herman said. Mashaba, leader of ActionSA, said.

‘The story of Tintswalo’

Ramaphosa said during his state of the nation address that the story of the first 30 years of the country’s democracy can best be told through the life of a child named Tintswalo, who was born at the beginning of freedom in 1994.

Ramaphosa said Tintswalo was a beneficiary of free health care, she was given a house with basic water and electricity, she received free education and a child support allowance met her basic needs. With this support, Tintswalo was able to finish high school and thanks to the national financial aid scheme for students, she was able to study and obtain a qualification.

Once she started working, she progressed and thrived thanks to the state’s employment equity and BEE policies. With the income she earned, she was able to save, start a family and move to a better house to earn a better life. “This is the story of millions of people who have been born since the beginning of our democracy,” says the president.

John Steenhuisen, DA leader, believes Ramaphosa’s recitation of the story of Tintswalo, however, makes glaring omissions regarding the struggle that many in her generation are now facing.

“In South Africa today there is a 70% chance that Tintswalo will be unemployed. There is a 50% chance that she is one of the 30 million people who live below the poverty line. Any day Tintswalo could become one of the 75 people killed, or one of the 115 women raped or subjected to gender-based violence every day. Should she fall ill, Tintswalo could die in a state hospital which has no electricity due to load shedding. And when she opens her taps, no more water comes out. The fact is that Tintswalo’s hopes and dreams as a child of democracy were stolen by the ANC.”