ANALYSIS | 5 talking points from the SONA debate

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In the past week, the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Behind the bluster and political point-scoring, however, there were some points of interest. Reformers 1 – RET Forces 0 As opposition speakers, such as the DA's Natasha Mazzone and Geordin Hill-Lewis, pointed out, the biggest stumbling blocks to Ramaphosa's reform agenda sit behind him - in the ANC's very own benches.

However, during the debate this past week, none of the MPs associated with the fightback, or the ironically titled radical economic transformation (RET) agenda – corruption accused Bongani Bongo, Mosebenzi Zwane, Mervyn Dirks et al – had a chance to have their say, and none of the usual contrived RET talking points were raised by any ANC speakers.

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