Wed. Jul 24th, 2019

SONA Debate: Naledi Chirwa gets under MPs skins with fiery speech

naledi chirwaShe unapologetically dismantled Ramaphosa’s speech in her maiden address.

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The debate of the State of the Nation address (SONA Debate) commenced on Tuesday, with opposition parties given the opportunity to challenge the speech President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered. However, what nobody anticipated what the maiden speech of the EFF’s Naledi Chirwa.

SONA Debate: Ramaphosa tagged as a dreamer

Much of the rhetoric around the criticism of Ramaphosa’s speech was centred around the scope of the things he urged the government to achieve in the next five to ten years.

From the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) perspective, Ramaphosa’s ambition was admirable but with the support system he inherited from the tainted former president Jacob Zuma, he might as well have dreamed of a genie in a pot.

Decorum was upheld for the most part of the address. Even the chief instigator disruption, EFF leader Julius Malema, held his temperament and engaged the president on the mistakes he made in his speech.

He pointed at the fact that these visions of a South Africa with a smart city, a bullet train, and land expropriated without compensation, were tempting.

However, ordinary South Africans have dreams of greater importance — surviving in a treacherous country hampered by crime, rampant unemployment and an economy on the brink of collapse.

Naled Chirwa delivers fiery maiden speech

It was all good and well until the young Naledi Chirwa, a 23-year-old cadre of the Red Berets and an unapologetic feminist whose seat in the National Assembly is a vessel for the unheard cries of endangered women and children of South Africa.

The young lady delivered her maiden speech, charging at the president for his failure to restore safety for women and the LGBTQ community.

Her narrative of Thandi, an allegory of a student whose opportunities in life were stricken by the same system that promised to uplift her from poverty.

Naledi Chirwa listed demands that the president ought to have prioritised in his SONA speech and these include:

The voice of one of the youngest Member of Parliament (MP) in our democratic history reverberated through the National Assembly, nudging at the egos of old heads to call on the first point of order of the joint sitting.

Malema and his deputy, Floyd Shivambu were critical of the disruptions to her maiden speech. However, with a wry smile at the fiery young leader, they granted her leave to withdraw her statement suggesting that Ramaphosa was complicit in the murders that have committed by criminals in South Africa.

What a way to announce yourself in Parliament. Chirwa will surely be one to watch.

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