[WATCH] President Ramaphosa On His 2019 State Of The Nation Address

A screengrab of President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering his State of the Nation Address in the National Assembly in Parliament on 7 February 2019.

CAPE TOWN – President Cyril Ramaphosa has delivered his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) before Parliament on Thursday evening.

Sona is a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament and provides the president with an opportunity to speak to the nation on the general state of South Africa, to reflect on a wide range of political, economic and social matters within the domestic and global contexts, to account to the nation on the work of government and to set out government’s programme of action.

One of the key elements he touched on is establishing a directorate similar to the Scorpions after it was killed off by the ruling party under the leadership of former President Jacob Zuma. It will report to advocate Shamila Batohi, the new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP).

Ramaphosa also put economic recovery at the top of his government’s list of priorities, including the expected unbundling of Eskom into three separate business units under the umbrella of a single holding company. Eskom will, as expected, be broken up into separate generation, transmission and distribution units.

He said: “Eskom is in crisis and the risks it poses to South Africa are great. It could severely damage our economic and social development ambitions. We need to take bold decisions and decisive action. The consequences may be painful, but they will be even more devastating if we delay,” he said.

WATCH: Sona 2019