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SONA shows SA fractured, frustrated and fraught with uncertainty

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Cape Town  - As if scripted, the portending disruption by the Economic Freedom Fighters at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) played out on time. The lead actor, supporting cast and stuntmen (and -women) all played their role in yet another depressing and debilitating spectacle already splashed on the front pages of global media.

With the parliamentary precinct resembling a theatre of war rather than democracy, the evening unfortunately was not rescued by President Jacob Zuma’s eventual address. Indeed, the negativity of the physical disruption was carried into the negativity of the policy message contained in the speech.

Just like US President Donald Trump, whose promises one might prefer not to be kept, the ANC has been trumpeting its ‘radical economic transformation’ platform. And President Zuma faithfully expounded on this threatening enhanced legislation, regulation, further black economic empowerment charters and even the budgetary process to address ownership inequality within the broader economy.

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