SONA 2024: Time for talk is over – federalise and stateproof before it’s too late
8 February 2024
Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) this year is about the most advanced function the collapsing central government can pull off. The Free Market Foundation (FMF) urges South Africans to not allow themselves to be distracted: they must take responsibility for the well-being of their own families, communities, and themselves because the government is not coming to the rescue.
SONA has become irrelevant and is nothing but an attempt at distracting South Africans from the glaringly obvious truth that our government is in an advanced stage of collapse. Such a lavish event, in a climate of rampant unemployment, high violent crime rates, the failure of Eskom, and endemic corruption, proves that government only has the ability to keep up appearances. It cannot solve any of the real problems facing South Africans.
‘South Africans, their families, and communities are on their own,’ said FMF Head of Policy, Martin van Staden. ‘Only a small number of well-functioning municipalities and the Western Cape province are still capable of providing government services. Forget about the central government.’
Despite the fact that the centre has already buckled, many businesses and well-meaning citizens remain eagerly compliant with political edicts, even when it goes against their own interests.