So warped was our sense of normality that we would tune into the Sona and parliamentary sessions in expectation of drama and violence and to laugh at the verbal stumbles of the man in charge. So it was no surprise that the Economic Freedom Fighters’ threats of disruption piqued interest and got South Africans excited that we would get a glimpse of the bad old days.
It was no surprise that there were many who felt let down and cheated by Julius Malema’s crowd for not providing the drama and thrills to which we had become accustomed.In May, when he begins his first proper term as president, Ramaphosa will deliver what is now being called the “real” Sona. But this is an unfair diminution of what must rank as one of his best performances in public leadership.
President Cyril Ramaphosa during his second state of the nation address. Picture: Gallo Images.