Was Ramaphosa's address a misuse of government resources for the ANC? 

President Cyril Ramaphosa . Image: OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT / AFP

Was Ramaphosa’s address a misuse of government resources for the ANC? 

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening, but some say it was a misuse of government resources for the ANC.

Was Ramaphosa's address a misuse of government resources for the ANC? 

President Cyril Ramaphosa . Image: OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT / AFP

Do you think President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Sunday evening was a misuse of government resources for the ANC? 


Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald said earlier today that the media already evidently concluded that no compelling issue warranted a public address by the head of state.

“The address itself was a blatant attempt at persuading the public to vote for the ANC against the backdrop of the “injustices of the past”.

“This misuse of the SABC was undoubtedly an effort to ensure the ANC’s political survival.” 

He said even the announcement of the address posted on the government’s official web page today failed to provide justification for it.

The organisers did not inform any political leaders about the content of the address.

“The official announcement merely stated that the President would address the “nation” on Sunday, 26 May , and that the SABC would handle all aspects of the broadcast.” 

According to Groenewald nothing but an email address for the President’s spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, was provided for Media enquries.  However, enquiries sent to this email address received no reply. 

He furthermore said no political leaders were informed of what the address would be about.

“Clearly, the address had no bearing on some pertinent issue that affects all South Africans, it was merely an opportunity for the ANC to get some last-minute publicity.

“The ANC has once again demonstrated that it will not hesitate to misuse taxpayers’ money and resources for its own gain.” 

Groenewald says.


Groenewald regards Ramaphosa’s “conversation with the people of South Africa” as blatant political opportunism and a shameless misuse of government resources to try to save the sinking ANC before Wednesday’s elections.

In his address on Sunday evening, Ramaphosa further detailed what his administration has achieved in the last couple of years. 


Ramaphosa said these include: 

  • We implemented a number of initiatives and measures to reposition the criminal justice system.
  • The signing of new legislation established the NPA’s Investigating Directorate against Corruption as a permanent entity.
  • We implemented a massive package of social and economic support to protect vulnerable businesses, workers, and households from the destructive effects of the pandemic.
  • More than 5.7 million workers received wage support through the special UIF scheme.
  • Through the introduction of the special SRD grant, relief was provided to more than 11 million unemployed people at the height of the pandemic.
  • Healthcare providers administered more than 39 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.
  • The people of South Africa stood firm against those who wanted to incite an insurrection in July 2021 when it looked like our country would go up in flames.
  • South Africans came together to provide material assistance to those affected and to rebuild what catastrophic flooding had destroyed in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, and the North West.
  • Eskom’s efforts to improve the performance of its power stations was supported.
  • More than R1.5 trillion have been mobilised in new investment commitments. This has led to the opening of new factories, mines, data centres and production lines.
  • Over the last five years, we have supported more than 1,000 black industrialists. Today, more than half a million workers own shares in the companies they work for.
  • In the past two years, we have increased the number of police on the street by 20,000 and established specialized task teams in the police to tackle illegal mining, cable theft, cash-in-transit heists, gangsterism, and other economic crimes.
  • The signing of a new law has established a National Council on GBV and Femicide, tasked with leading and coordinating our national response.