Tue. Nov 12th, 2019

Malema on SONA 2019: “The president is daydreaming”

Malema SONAThe ANC has abandoned the agenda to expropriate land without compensation because they make black people stupid,” Malema said.

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Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, on Thursday slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) as having abandoned the National Development Plan (NDP) and the commitment to expropriate land.

Delivering his SONA, Ramaphosa reminded the country that it was on this day 106 years ago when the apartheid government implemented the Natives Land Act which dispossessed black people of their land.

Ramaphosa’s party, the governing African National Congress (ANC), in 2017 adopted a policy to expropriate land without compensation in a bid to address the injustices of the past.   

No mention of land expropriation without compensation

Reacting to the speech outside Parliament, Malema said that the ANC has abandoned the agenda to expropriate land without compensation.

“The president said nothing about the land. That which the president said is going to happen is what has been happening and has not delivered land to our people. The ANC has abandoned the agenda to expropriate land without compensation because they make black people stupid,” Malema said.

“They used it during elections, the elections are over. Instead of expropriating land without compensation, the president is daydreaming. The days of dreaming are over, he must be woken up. The man wanted to be president for the last 30 years, he still doesn’t know what he wants to do for South Africa.”

Youth unemployment remains a heavy burden

Ramaphosa said that youth unemployment, which sits at 50%, was a national crisis, saying that government will proceed without delay to implement a comprehensive plan to create no fewer than two million new jobs for young people within the next decade.

But Malema slammed this, saying that it was a departure from the figures of jobs earmarked to be created by 2030 in the NDP. 

“If you look at jobs, he says two million jobs over the next 10 years, 200,000 jobs a year. That is what the National Development Plan says. The NDP speaks about 11 million jobs in 2030, so he will create two million jobs by 2029, meaning he has abandoned the NDP,” Malema said. 

“The man spoke about one million youth employment initiatives, but according to their own website, only 6,000 of those initiatives were created. The 11 million jobs of the NDP has been abandoned and we have a new plan called dreams. He must be honest that the economy is not growing at the rate we want, therefore I have no idea what to do.”

Malema also criticised Ramaphosa for being scant on details about building a “smart city” with high-speed trains, saying that he doesn’t have the privilege of “dreaming” about such initiatives when he does not detail the “when”, “where” and how” to execute the dream.

By African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Devereaux Morkel

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