As expected we are starting today to hold the executive accountable We have

As expected we are starting today to hold the

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As expected, we are starting today to hold the executive accountable. We have been convened here for the whole week to debate what was supposed to be the state of the nation address by the newly elected President – a man who held the ambition to be president for almost three decades. Indeed, this is our duty except that in this case, we really have no state of the nation address to debate. What we have is a
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 51 misguided, incoherent, contradictory and proven to be futile ideas mixed in a bag of fantasies. For a man to be hyped up by the entire local and international media, only to pitch up extremely low, is tragic. We were abused here during the election campaign that saw people like Oprah Winfrey rented and sneaked into the country in the name of the global citizen festival to come and tell us how Madiba wanted you, Mr President, to be president. After your speech, we now ask ourselves as to what did Madiba see in you which we can’t see? [Laughter.] Your speech didn’t inspire confidence and hope amongst the poor, young and old people of South Africa. Your own benches here were not moved at all; hence they couldn’t even sing a song in salutation of your tired speech, like they normally do when they feel revived. They didn’t hear umkhombandlela [direction giving]. They didn’t know and still don’t know what is expected of them from your speech.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 52 You didn’t recover any of the lost votes. If anything, those who voted for you are now regretting because they wasted their votes on a President without a plan [Applause.] You have no new ideas on how to break the country out of a colonial and apartheid legacy of underdevelopment, poverty, landlessness and unemployment. You don’t know how the collapsed health system which led to dysfunctional hospitals is going to be fixed. The schools have become war zones with teachers and learners living in permanent fear because they were failed by their own government. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, NSFAS, is not buying study materials, paying rent and fees for the students yet the fat salaries of senior managers are paid monthly without fail. No one knows as to how this problem is going to be resolved. Mr President, you couldn’t provide us with a solid vision with regard to the continent. You couldn’t speak to the African continent despite the ongoing massacre in Sudan, instability in Libya, the economic crisis in Zimbabwe which led to huge
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 53 unemployment and currency crisis, rightwing terrorism in Kenya and the ongoing occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco. You couldn’t render a message of solidarity and hope to the Palestinian people who live under apartheid Israel and the people of Venezuela who are fighting against imperialism.
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