ANALYSIS | 5 talking points from the SONA debate

2020-02-23 12:43

The debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. But there have been some points of interest.

Ramaphosa puts looters on notice: They will 'face the full might of the law'

2020-02-20 18:34

In what could be considered as a warning to the fightback campaign against his reforms, President Cyril Ramaphosa warns that "those who continue to steal from the people" will face the full might of the law.

Ramaphosa: Eskom and Transnet recovered R2.3bn lost through corruption

2020-02-20 16:23

So far state-owned enterprises Eskom and Transnet have recovered over R2.3bn that was lost through corruption, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

AS IT HAPPENED | #SONADebate: Ramaphosa apologises to Malema for ANC MP claims he abused his wife

2020-02-20 15:00

President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to the debate on his State of the Nation Address following two days of pressure from opposition parties vigorously debating his speech in the National Assembly.

'They stole most of the ANC's ideas.' Mboweni attacks EFF leaders

2020-02-20 11:24

Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni took to social media networking site, Twitter, Thursday morning to drop a slice of insight about an envisioned state-owned bank, saying that he will share more details about this in his budget speech next week.

SONA debate: Lamola lays into 'megalomaniac' Malema for 'I'm in charge' comments

2020-02-20 08:56

The second of day of the SONA debate ended with Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola lighting up the ANC benches after lambasting EFF leader Julius Malema for claiming he is "in charge" in a democracy.

Bleak future for young people if Ramaphosa can't deliver on his promises

2020-02-19 17:37

With the working class resorting to online vouchers for groceries and the poor eating less bread than before, is it not impractical for the president to expect ordinary citizens to tighten their belts when MPs, Ministers and government officials' well-fed bellies belie the trouble the economy is in?

OPINION | Ramaphosa’s AU chairmanship will be a challenge, but he and Africa can learn from Trump

2020-02-19 12:08

In its promotion of economic integration, Ramaphosa's AU can play a big role in encouraging fellow African countries to pursue pro-market reforms, writes Phumlani M. Majozi.

Melanie Verwoerd: The EFF, Marike de Klerk and years of parliamentary chaos

2020-02-19 06:00

Let me be clear, I am not a fan of FW de Klerk. Never was, never will be. He also does not like me. I know it, because he has told me so. Something to do with being a sell-out, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

FIRST TAKE | Julius Malema, the ultimate agent provocateur, beats the ANC again

2020-02-18 17:18

Julius Malema's performance during the first day of the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament last week saw the ANC fall for his provocation and antics for what feels like the thousandth time since he left the mother organisation in 2013.


Dan Kriek: The 1913 Land Act, apartheid was devastating, now is the time for compassion

2020-02-23 07:00

If the agricultural sector ever bought into the polarising push-back by conservative Afrikaner organisations, the land debate and any possible productive, solution-driven conversations will become redundant, writes Dan Kriek.

WATCH | Ramaphosa apologises to Malema after ANC MP claims he abused his wife

2020-02-20 16:50

President Cyril Ramaphosa apologises to both Julius Malema and South Africa for "the political back-and-forth of domestic abuse claims" in Parliament which "trivialised" a national crisis.

OPINION | Misogyny: real state of our nation exposed by male MPs and their cheerleaders

2020-02-20 15:11

It is in the crucial moments of shame, which punctuated the ceremony and the proceedings of the SONA and its subsequent debate, that the true state of our nation was revealed, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.

Ronald Lamola | Minority cannot govern the majority through anarchy

2020-02-20 13:22

We are continuing to avail resources for law enforcement agencies to pursue the perpetrators and beneficiaries of corruption and state capture, writes Ronald Lamola.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela | Parliament: a place where the 'best' is ordinary and crudeness passes for debate

2020-02-20 10:51

Self-serving politicians are there for the perks. They have no regard for what matters to ordinary people: jobs, safety, health and dignity and so on, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Mbhazima Shilowa: It's up to the Budget to provide hope after diabolical SONA

2020-02-20 06:00

Insofar as the SONA focuses on broad issues, it is cold comfort for those in Giyani, Metsimaholo, Polokwane who have no water because there has been no investment in infrastructure, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.

WATCH  | Debate on Ramaphosa's SONA resumes in Parliament

MPs are continuing to debate President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Wednesday.

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ANC, opposition parties condemn 'proto-fascist' EFF in SONA debate

2020-02-19 09:17

The 'proto-fascist' EFF has been roundly condemned as their disruptions at the start of Thursday evening's State of the Nation Address cast a pall on the SONA debate.

Ramaphosa eyes lofty growth, employment goals through infrastructure investment

2020-02-18 21:37

The plan is for South Africa to attain 5.5% year-on-year economic growth, 6% unemployment rate and 30% gross fixed capital formation to GDP by 2030.

Ramaphosa 'should have switched off Eskom's life support': No punches pulled at SONA debate

2020-02-18 16:32

After President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his SONA last week under the shadow of an under-performing economy, Members of Parliament jostled over whether he was confronted by near-impossible odds or complicit in SA's economic quandary.

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