My fellow South Africans …

For the second year, the State of the Nation Address is not being delivered in the National Assembly. It feels like yesterday that a fire swept through parliament 375 days ago. This is why we have not yet repaired the damage. When you are a public servant, everything feels like it happened yesterday. Government time is not the same as civilian time.

Recently my office said the country was gripped by a crisis of confidence. My office often says things I don’t agree with, and when I get to the bottom of this, I can assure you something will be done. However, I would rather have an office speak for me if it means never having to hold a press conference.

In this case, though, I agree with my office. There is indeed a crisis of confidence in this country. Yes, the government has lost confidence in the people. Not all of them. I am referring to those who complain about everything. In any relationship, excessive criticising can lead to tears. The ANC is beginning to feel like an abused spouse.

This year, I call on you to focus on all the great things that do work. Like sunsets. We have some of the best sunsets. Also trees. Our trees compare very favourably with trees in developed countries like China and France. Our infrastructure, mountains and gorges and so on, is in perfect working order and shows no signs of neglect.

This government has identified many problems and we have many plans. Well, outlines of plans. Outlines are important. There can be no plans without outlines. Everything needs an outline. Even those gorgeous dresses the ladies are wearing today started off as outlines. It’s the same with government. Can you see a pattern emerging? (pause for laughter).

In last year’s Sona, I mentioned Eskom by name only once. This year I was considering not mentioning them at all because we no longer have an Eskom problem. Yes, I heard the power still goes on and off, but this is to be expected in a country where everybody thinks they have a right to electricity. Imagine if everyone demanded a car. Our roads would not be able to cope. This is no different.

Load shedding is nature’s way of reminding us to be grateful for what we have. We should not be ungrateful for what we don’t have. Lao Tzu said, “The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” It is difficult to know what he meant, but they are wise words and we should pay them heed.

This year I can again safely say we all agree that the level of unemployment and inequality is unacceptable. The important point here is that we all agree. I have seen what happens to a country where the government and the people do not agree on things. As long as we keep agreeing, nothing needs to change. Especially the government. This is not something that needs to change. Ever.

This time last year, I promised that within 100 days we would finalise a social compact to grow our economy, create jobs and combat hunger. This was obviously a typographical error. That should have read 10 000 days. I apologise. That typist now works for the DA.

There is still too much poverty. Given that our police service is broken, nobody in this country needs to be poor. You may rest assured that non-violent acts of criminality committed in order to improve one’s living standards will go unpunished.

There are 960 KFC branches in South Africa. There is no excuse to go hungry. My advice is that you walk to your nearest outlet. The exercise will do you good. Health is important.

The priorities I identified in last year’s Sona and the Sona before that, and the two before that, remain the same and there is no need to repeat them.

Ten months ago I ended the Covid state of disaster. South Africa is now ready for a fresh state of disaster. This one will help us deal with the general situation of whatever comrade Nkosazana tells me it is (delete if I reshuffle her).

Last year I said government does not create jobs. However, it has come to my attention that we have 1.3 million people on our payroll. If we didn’t create these jobs, I would like to know who did. This will be investigated by a task team appointed by a joint subcommittee that reports to a high-level panel overseen by a commission of inquiry

Cannabis continues to have huge potential for job creation. Last year I said we were streamlining the regulatory process. This year, drug testing will weed out those who are delaying things. This is what happens when people zol.

Bureaucracy continues to stifle business. A year ago, I appointed Sipho Nkosi to head up a team to cut red tape in government. That was the last I heard. I hope he is okay.

I am extending the R350 social relief of distress grant. This means families will be able to live well for another year. With careful budgeting, some will even be able to go on holiday. Phuket is lovely at this time of year.

While we failed to strengthen the protection of whistle-blowers, we might well succeed this year. In the meantime, we urge those who struggle to turn a blind eye to malfeasance in their workplace to keep watching their backs.

Those responsible for state capture will be held to account as soon as we find out where they live. The same goes for those who did the looting and murdering in KZN.

The fusion centre we set up to deal with corruption has since been converted into a fusion restaurant that serves culturally relevant cuisines, mostly Asian. We applaud this move.

Finally, if none of my promises come to fruition, we must hold the private sector responsible. Yes, my fellow South Africans, I am once again blaming you.

Thank you.

12 thoughts on “My fellow South Africans …

  1. Alfred says:

    O… I though that was Zuma, he and Verwoerd must have been the worst Presidents this country has ever had and ramasofa comes third. We are waiting on the sidelines to see the fourth should he take over the 1st place , and Malema gets voted in

  2. Colleen Ebersohn says:

    When will the SONA Tent Dresses be available for the next Clamping Camping outing? I would love to purchase a yellow, pink and purple one with two entrances and a Hat veranda in ANC Colours. Oh, and the frilly net accessories as well as a double camp chair to accommodate my volupcious figure, preferably in the colours of the flag!

  3. Judy Moo says:

    Let count our blessings?? Let’s think hard!
    At least the Government hasn’t yet adopted Russian as a 12th Official Language! It’s called selling your soul to the devil!

  4. Charlotte says:

    The money to fix the National Assembly buildings has LONG been allocated, paid and stolen.
    This is South Africa, after all. DO try to keep up with our traditions!

  5. Lwazi Dlamini says:

    A round of applause Mr President, yes yes!!!

  6. Paddy Balsdon says:

    A smile on my face again. Thanks!

  7. David John Beattie says:

    Thank my president. You are indeed a brave man who takes decisive action. I will continue to vote for you!

  8. Alan Paterson says:

    Absolutely brilliant! At least I won’t have to watch it now. Which I probably couldn’t anyway as I will have no power,. Which is, of course, my fault. We South Africans simply don’t count our blessings enough.

  9. Ken Meyer says:

    Brilliant. I wish he would read out your speech, at least we would all laugh! Ramasofa is truly the most useless prez in the history of SA.

  10. Mike Maree says:

    This circus called the anc have produced some of the finest jugglers of the current (excuse the play on words) era. The clowns need wider exposure so sending them off to Russia might be a good idea. I think the Russians need something to smile about.

  11. Speaking of finding positive effects in this chaotic era – I made a full recovery after malingering for about a year after surgery that rendered me too scared and pathetic to walk further than about a kilometre. Who did this for me? Jacob Zuma. I joined in a ‘Pay back the money’ protest march – thinking it would be a couple of meters. It was 5KM! I made a full recovery thereafter. Thank you Jacob. And my son’s friend gave up smoking back in Covid when Nkosazana did the cigarette thing. So there are health benefits to being misgoverned. I think we are becoming more robust. Pity some of our well-fed overlords can’t join in the fun – they’d certainly look more snappy in some of those garish outfits?

  12. Colin says:

    About as true as it can get

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