Loadshedding, corruption and Louis Vuitton handbags: MPs debate the SONA

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- news24.com | 2 months ago

It was clear during Tuesday's debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) that opposition MPs wrote their speeches while the country was experiencing rolling blackouts.Ramaphosa was slammed in the National Assembly on Tuesday following Eskom's announcement that there would be more load shedding this week.

"This morning's headlines say that you were 'shocked' by Stage 4 load shedding. How can you be shocked, Mr President? You were there all along,"  DA leader Mmusi Maimane said, referring to Ramaphosa's term as deputy president under former president Jacob Zuma.READ: Ramaphosa 'shocked, angry' over 'broken' EskomEFF leader Julius Malema opposed Ramaphosa's plan to unbundle Eskom into three entities, which was announced during the SONA.

He said Ramaphosa would do that to benefit his friends and family, and the approach would destroy the institution. "We will not allow it," Malema said.He said Ramaphosa "abandoned politics and put profits before everything" and was "still a business person who put in leave to come and irritate us here".

Ramaphosa smiled at Malema.It wasn't only the opposition who remarked on Eskom."The crisis at our power utility Eskom is a cause for concern as it negatively affects our economic ambitions," said ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu, who opened the debate.

"We are nonetheless hopeful that our government will act swiftly to arrest this situation, especially the current episodes of load shedding.

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