Nica
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19 Feb 2018
2:33 pm

Social media reacts to Sona debate

Nica

Ramaphosa delivered his first Sona address last Friday.

Cyril Ramaphosa in parliament. Image: ANA

This year’s State of the Nation Address (Sona), delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa, and the reaction to it, was a considerable improvement on Jacob Zuma’s usual dreaded speech.

Many were reminded of the spirit of late former president Nelson Mandela in the way Sona was delivered.

Zuma's 2017 Sona was met with much dissatisfaction. Image: Twitter/Mail & Guardian.

Zuma’s 2017 Sona was met with much dissatisfaction. Image: Twitter/Mail & Guardian.

Ramaphosa promised that he would work to restore the public’s confidence in government, commit to ethical behaviour and leadership, improve the current national minimum wage, improve support for the disadvantaged, address land issues and, if needed, expropriation without compensation.

The general tone of the speech left South Africans feeling hopeful. Even Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema voiced his confidence in Ramaphosa leading South Africa to a brighter future.

The Sona debate is taking place today.

Here are some reactions, courtesy of Twitter:

https://twitter.com/lesterkk/status/965517031033458688

https://twitter.com/lesterkk/status/965510807919480833

The debate will continue throughout the course of today.

Sources: The Citizen, Twitter

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