WATCH: Load shedding not the end of the world, says ANC MP

WATCH: Load shedding not the end of the world, says ANC MP

While many South Africans and some analysts have criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address for lack of accountability for the government's failures, the ANC believes his address was an honest reflection of the state of South Africa.

NCOP Deputy Chairperson, Ms Sylvia Lucas, during a debate on President’s #SONA2024 held at the Cape Town City Hall.

MPs debated the SONA on Tuesday, with ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina saying Ramaphosa's address was honest.

“From 2023’s SONA, the progress is inspiring alongside the many challenges that we have outlined. Notwithstanding two years of Covid-19, this government has done all that it could do.”

While South Africans continue to battle power cuts, ANC MP Sylvia Lucas believes the planned power cuts are not the end of the world.

“Load shedding isn't the end of the world; as soon as you talk about load shedding, there is sabotage; we must look into that. So, president, go ahead with the good work," said Lucas.

The country returned to severe power cuts just days after Ramaphosa’s speech, in which he announced that the end of load shedding is near.

Meanwhile, IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa said the last SONA of the 6th administration was not a true reflection of today's South Africa.

He said the president failed to talk about the real crisis – “a country on autopilot”.

“Millions of our children of democracy still live in shacks and informal settlements, with no clean water, toilets or refuse removal. Their only connection with Tintswalo is that she too sits vulnerable in the dark of stage 6 load shedding.”


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