Land expropriation and Marikana are key issues for Ramaphosa's Sona response

Members of Parliament on Monday debated the State of the Nation Address which was delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday night.

On Tuesday afternoon, the President will get an opportunity to respond to issues raised by MPs, emanating from his address.

EWN senior reporter, Gaye Davis says President Ramaphosa will certainly need to provide clarity on what he meant about expropriating land without compensation as part of the ruling party's land redistribution programme.

Read: Ramaphosa gets Presidency off on the right foot

We know that it was a resolution taken at the ANC's conference in December and we know that it was a heated debate.

Gaye Davis, EWN parliamentary reporter

It was passed with the caveat that it should not damage agricultural production, food security or any other economic sector.

Gaye Davis, EWN parliamentary reporter

I think this would be an opportunity for the President to outline the approach towards this because he is under pressure to act speedily on this land issue.

Gaye Davis, EWN parliamentary reporter

During the debate in Parliament, the EFF asked Ramaphosa to visit the people of Marikana where 34 miners were shot and killed in August 2012.

Ramaphosa remains at the centre of the Marikana tragedy with some of the opposition parties blaming him for the bloodshed.

The EFF will continue to use Marikana, particularly because government has unfinished business there, people are still waiting for compensation - widows, orphans, and families of the deceased.

Gaye Davis, EWN parliamentary reporter

Davis says what should be expected on Tuesday afternoon in Parliament is the response from the President on these issues raised.

Ramaphosa was making notes yesterday and he is going to make sure that he responds to each person who spoke. I get a sense of that's what he is trying to do here, to work beyond party lines and getting everyone to work together and find solutions instead of just hammering each other with petty politics...

Gaye Davis, EWN parliamentary reporter

Listen to Gaye Davis's expectations for the President's response in Parliament:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Land expropriation and Marikana are key issues for Ramaphosa's Sona response


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