Some may think the 2019 state of the nation address is exactly what South Africa needs. There was none of the embarrassing drama, no walk-outs or signal blockers or security aggressively removing the EFF.
President Cyril Ramaphosa calmly delivered a speech detailing his government’s achievements, its challenges and its past mistakes, as well as his plans for its future. There was only one problem. South Africans, it seems, are so accustomed to the drama, so addicted to the excitement of the Sonas of years gone by, that we can’t seem to live without the drama.
According to social media, the lack of conflict in this year’s Sona was just plain boring, although there was a moment that nearly spilt over into conflict when the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu stood up to complain that Ramaphosa was “plagiarising” ideas from them.