Julius Malema SONA Debate Boy Mamabolo

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‘Sofa sigijima’: Malema shares cryptic tweet ahead of SONA 2020 [video]

Malema is a man of many words, but this cryptic tweet didn’t need a lengthy caption to get his point across.

Julius Malema SONA Debate Boy Mamabolo

Photo: African News Agency (ANA)

If you had any doubt that this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA 2020) was going to be conducted with decorum, your sixth sense works just fine. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have set the tone for Thursday evening’s joint sitting and peace is the last item on their agenda.

Julius Malema sets the tone with cryptic tweet ahead of SONA 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver his fourth SONA and his critics will expect him to offer more pragmatic solutions to the country’s ailments.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) expects Ramaphosa to offer realistic plans of action in addressing heightened unemployment figures, the crippled state of our power utility and show confidence in Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s economic turnaround strategy.

On the other side of the opposition, the EFF wants one thing — and one thing only — from the president: The axing of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Malema and his cohorts warned Ramaphosa that if he wished for a SONA 2020 conducted with decorum, he should fire Gordhan. The Red Berets even gave 10 reasons why the minister had to go. However, Ramaphosa, it seems, has not heeded this warning.

In anticipation of one of the biggest political events in South Africa, Malema posted a cryptic tweet suggesting that the party members would be aggressive in making their presence felt at the joint sitting.

The EFF, stating their agenda very clearly, even pulled up a press briefing from the archives in which Malema warned that Ramaphosa’s undoing would be at the cost of saving Gordhan from accountability.

Detractors warned to behave in Parliament

The Red Berets’ activity has been followed closely by those whose duty it is to maintain order in Parliament. National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise insisted that there will be no disruptions at the joint sitting, warning that if anyone crossed the line, they will be dealt with in accordance to the rules.

Her deputy, Lechesa Tsenoli, spoke to the press ahead of the event and indicated that he was not phased by the threats made by the EFF.