Unpacking the general speeches at the UN general debate

World leaders have descended on New York to take part in the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Of interest to South Africans was three key speeches from South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, the UN secretary general António Guterres and US president Donald Trump.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, eNCA Anchor and Journalist Thulas Simelane says the speech by Guterres was something of a preemptive strike, preemptive of what he [Guterres] expected of what Trump would say in his address to the national assembly.

READ:Ramaphosa unveils statue of Madiba at UN headquarters

Because there was this anticipation that Donald Trump would sort of strike out against multilateralism and actually push his own agenda of America first.

Thulas Simelane, eNCA Anchor and Journalist

And this was the theme even at the Nelson Mandela peace summit which was held a day before the UN General assembly.

Thulas Simelane, eNCA Anchor and Journalist

So there has been this preemptive strike that says the order that we have agreed on since the end of the second world war, the treaties that we have signed up to have been in good standing and we have seen a rise in people and countries that have been pulling out.

Thulas Simelane, eNCA Anchor and Journalist

Simelane adds Trump's speech made the delegates at the UN general assembly laugh when he said he was sharing the "extraordinary progress" of his administration, two years after taking office.

He says Ramaphosa's speech was more about South Africa being open for business.

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