President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his inaugural state of the nation address (Sona) on Friday evening. His explosive speech was littered with rhetoric promising positive change and was delivered with no interruptions — even the EFF sat through the entire speech!
Following two weeks of structural changes in the ANC and the country — which ultimately led to the resignation of former president Jacob Zuma — Ramaphosa made it clear that a "new dawn" was on the horizon for South Africa.
Twitter users described Ramaphosa's speech as a sign of hope for the country, while others missed the drama the EFF often brought during Zuma's tenure, where recent Sonas were marked by walk-outs and fiery interruptions.
Punctual and polite?! Where even are we. Whose parliament is this. #SONA2018— Iman Allie (@ImanAllie) February 16, 2018
I have goosebumps guys! Are you listening to our President mara? We are being led here "A new dawn has arrived" #SONA2018— Zenande Mfenyana (@Zenande_Mcfen) February 16, 2018
While some may have been inspired by the shift in South Africa's leadership, many Twitter users craved the hysteria and drama the EFF often caused.
EFF members must be so bored, they have never sat in parliament and listened for this long. They will be tweeting "long day in the office" #SONA2018— Mosebjadi (@Lerato_Dee) February 16, 2018
It would seem that free education and unemployment were top of mind for many users.
"Next month, we will launch the Youth Employment Service initiative, which will place unemployed youth in paid internships in companies across the economy.— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) February 16, 2018
Together with our partners in business, we have agreed to create a million such internships in the next 3 years." pic.twitter.com/7pEJi5raWE
The clarity regarding free education is highly appreciated Mr President. Atleast now people will not fear applying as 1st Year students, because of lack of money🤗 #SONA2018— Litha Nkepu (@MyLhiNkepu) February 16, 2018
Missed the full address? Watch here:
President Cyril Ramaphosa concludes his #SONA2018 speech: How would you rate the content of his speech (his approach, plans, vision)?— HuffPost SouthAfrica (@HuffPostSA) February 16, 2018