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#PostSona analysis with EWN & WBS

EWN partnered with Wits Business School to present a robust #PostSona discussion.

#PostSona: EWN & Wits Business School brings you a robust analysis of #Sona2016. Picture: Sheldon Morais/EWN.
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Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - Despite a night of tension and fierce opposition in the National Assembly, President Jacob Zuma delivered his eighth State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament last night.

This morning, EWN and Wits Business School presented a robust #PostSona analysis on all the highs and lows from last night's event.

Moderated by Moeletsi Mbeki with panelists Zwelinzima Vavi, Professor Susan Booysen, Sithembile Mbete and Andile Khumalo, the discussion interrogated Sona.

[WATCH] #PostSona analysis:




Panel analysts say Zuma's address did not inspire the nation nor business.

Vavi says workers, especially the unemployed, must feel hopeless today.

“My view overall; the crisis remains and the distrust deepened. South Africa has been tranquilised by un-kept promises. Judge people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.”

Booysen says there was no certainty from the president.

“I do not think the president gave policy certainty. The certainty is not there.”

The panel also raised concerns about the lack of certainty conveyed by the president last night.

Vavi says Zuma failed to inspire the nation last night.

“His speech was one of the most boring, repetitive. Everything that was said was something I’d heard over and over again.”

Mbete says there are a number of issues that Zuma failed to address.

“It was a speech that was quite self-conscious and directed at a business audience.” 

Questions have also been raised about policy uncertainty and what this means for the country during the current economic climate.

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