South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa will make the State Of The Nation Address in Parliament later today (Friday) laying out his government’s legislative program for the year ahead.
Expectations are sky-high on the man who succeeds the corruption-plagued Jacob Zuma who was effectively sacked by the ruling African National Congress.
President Cyril Ramaphosa adopted a mood of humility for his first day in South Africa’s top job which he has wanted since moving into party politics a quarter of a century ago.
He will have to apply the toughness he developed as as leader of the powerful National Union of Mineworkers and the acumen polished as a billionaire businessman when he took a break from politics.
The far left Economic Freedom Fighters, whose members walked out of the Assembly to avoid participating in his unopposed election as President, have vowed to participate robustly in the SONA debate.
And Leader Of The Opposition Mmusi Maimane has warned his Democratic Alliance will hold Ramaphosa to account for the problems of low growth, high unemployment and rampant poverty facing South Africa.
Ramaphosa will reply to the debate next Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Budget.
Whether he will leave Zuma’s appointed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to introduce this or whether he will put his own choice of minister into the job in the eleventh hour is the million rand political question of the moment.